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Evicted Bukit Duri residents not involved in community action plan

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, September 6, 2018 | 03:30 pm
Evicted Bukit Duri residents not involved in community action plan Anies Baswedan speaks to Bukit Duri residents at Al Hidayah Mosque, South Jakarta, on April 21, 2017, after being elected Jakarta governor. (JP/Ivany Atina Arbi)

Residents of Bukit Duri have expressed disappointment over the Jakarta administration's failure to involve them in a community action plan to develop a kampung susun (elevated village).

The community action plan was led by Jakarta Konsultindo, a company that won a tender worth Rp 438 billion (US$29.1 million) to develop a kampung susun for the Bukit Duri residents, who were evicted for a river restoration project during the administration of former governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.

Sandyawan Sumardi, an activist at Ciliwung Merdeka, said Jakarta Konsultindo, in designing the kampung susun, focused on making the area beautiful without taking into account the residents’ wishes.

“They don’t think we exist,” Sandyawan said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Thursday he was disappointed with his subordinates for failing to communicate with the residents.

“All of them will receive a warning,” Anies said as quoted by tempo.co.

Anies said he had held a meeting to evaluate the project, but did not provide details on the outcome of it.

Bukit Duri residents won a class-action lawsuit against the Jakarta administration, which evicted them in early 2016, in a decision from the Central Jakarta District Court that was backed by the Jakarta High Court.

However, the administration has yet to fulfill Anies' campaign promise of building the kampung susun for the residents because of land acquisition problems.

It has also not developed temporary shelters for similar reasons. (cal)

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