The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama has tried to ease tensions with residents of flood-prone Kampung Pulo in East Jakarta in connection with the eviction of people from their homes by saying they could occupy low-cost apartments set to be built at the site.
'They need to move [from Kampung Pulo] now while we build the apartments,' Ahok said as quoted by Beritajakarta.com at City Hall on Friday. He added that apart from strengthening flood mitigation by expanding the Ciliwung River, the city would allocate land for the construction of the low-cost apartments.
There is no clear concept or numbers for the apartments to be built in Kampung Pulo, but the governor agreed with a proposal from the Independent Ciliwung Community (Komunias Ciliwung Merdeka) when they met on July 24.
'If it is possible, the apartments are to be developed by a private company. The ground breaking [of the apartments] is expected to be implemented this year,' Ahok said at the time as quoted by Kompas.com.
On Friday, the governor said that the administration would compensate affected residents who had land ownership certificates with land one-and-a-half times larger than their plots in Kampung Pulo.
However, he said that many of the documents he had seen were merely sale and purchase agreements for properties built on state land. 'The documents even confirm that the buildings were constructed on state land without being provided with building permits. How could we give compensation?' Ahok said.
The evictions were marked with a clash between residents and security officers on Thursday. The police said they arrested 27 people who were accused of provoking other residents. Several people were wounded during the incident. The situation was reportedly calmer on Friday. (bnn)
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