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Jakarta Post

Council approves city budget for 2013, higher than proposed

  • Sita W. Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 29 2013   /  10:46 am

The City Council banged the gavel on Monday, approving the much-anticipated city budget for 2013 after a month’s delay. With the approval, the Jakarta administration is expected to be able to expedite its flood-mitigation work.

The council approved a 20.84 percent increase to Rp 49.97 trillion (US$5.16 billion) this year from
Rp 41.35 trillion in 2012. The approved budget is higher than the Rp 46.86 trillion initially proposed by the administration.

“[We approved] an additional Rp 3.1 trillion in consideration of the developing situation in Jakarta, including flooding and traffic issues. The additional funding comes from unspent budget funds in 2012,” Council speaker Ferrial Sofyan said after the plenary session.

Ferrial said that the additional funds would be used to finance the administration’s project, without elaborating on the details of the project...