Jakarta drops low-cost apartment projects
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Public Housing and Settlement Agency has dropped the construction of three low-cost apartments (Rusunawa) worth a total of Rp 712 billion (US$49.3 million) from the 2018 city budget.
The dropped apartment projects were to be located on Jl. Inspeksi BKT in Ujung Menteng, Cakung, East Jakarta, worth Rp 361 billion; PIK Pulogadung in Penggilingan, Cakung, worth Rp 188 billion and Karang Anyar Rusun in Sawah Besar, Central Jakarta, worth Rp 162 billion.
The three apartment complexes are comprised of eight towers and 1,951 units.
“We dropped [the construction of] the three [Rusunawa] because we ran out of time [to do the construction],” Jakarta Public Housing and Settlement Agency acting head Meli Budiastuti said during a commission meeting at the Jakarta Council on Tuesday, as reported by kompas.com.
Meli said there would be no construction of new Rusunawa and the agency would only focus on the ongoing Rusunawa projects.
She said the agency would use the budget from the dropped apartment projects for land acquisition.
Jakarta Council member of Commission D overseeing development Pandapotan Sinaga said that the agency dropped the project budget too easily and that it would add more unused funds (SILPA) from the city’s 2018 budget.
“The agency was almost crying when asking [the Jakarta Council to pass] the budget. But now the agency said it can’t execute [the projects],” he said. (ami)
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