Depok residents attest to corruption in Nur Mahmudi road project
The Jakarta Post
Depok residents in West Java attested to corruption allegations of former city mayor Nur Mahmudi Ismail and regional secretary Harry Prihanto in relation to a Jl. Nangka road-widening construction project.
Local resident Nursinta said the city administration had informed residents about the project in 2015 and had even distributed financial compensation to those affected by the plan, but until now, the road remains virtually unchanged.
“The residents have [not only received] but used up the compensation to buy houses, go on the haj or renovate their homes,” said Nursinta on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.
The project was meant to ease congestion on Jl. Nangka, which is packed with shops and is a popular alternative route for motorists going from Jl. Raya Bogor to the Jagorawi toll road.
The plan was to widen the entire road by 6 meters on each side, which meant cutting into several roadside domiciles. Hence, the administration prepared compensation for affected residents.
Asmayadi, the community unit (RT) head, said 17 houses had been affected by the project. He confirmed that all 17 owners had received financial compensation, but only 12 plots had been affected. The owners of the remaining five houses believed that the compensation was insufficient.
“I myself got Rp 10 million [US$681]. My house was 107 m long but it was cut by 46 m. So only 61 m remain now,” he said, adding that all 17 affected residents had been summoned by the police as witnesses.
The Jakarta Police had named Nur Mahmudi and Harry as graft suspects who allegedly cost the state an estimated Rp 10.7 billion in losses, but they have yet to detain them for questioning. (nor)
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