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Agus to review city's spatial planning if elected

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 14, 2016   /  07:10 pm
Agus to review city's spatial planning if elected Gearing up -- Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (pictured) makes a campaign visit to a cattle breeding farm in Tegal Parang, South Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Callistasia Anggun Wijaya)

Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono has said that he aims to review the city's spatial planning framework if he is elected next year, saying spatial planning violations were to blame for the continual flooding in the capital. 

“If I'm elected, I will make a comprehensive review of Jakarta’s spatial plans and of the city’s infrastructure that has been constructed, is being constructed and will be constructed in the future,” he said during a campaign visit to Jl. Tegal Parang Selatan, Mampang Prapatan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. 

Agus further said he would examine whether development was in line with the city’s strategic planning. “If we find buildings constructed in violation of existing rules, we will find a way to handle the situation,” he said. 

Agus said he and his running mate, Sylviana Murni, would refer to the prevailing laws and engage with the public in developing the city.

Flooding has been a continual problem for Jakarta and some parties say excessive spatial planning violations are to blame. 

In a previous statement, Agus said he would turn 30 percent of the city into green, open spaces. 

He also introduced his “vertical housing” programs, which he said aimed to accommodate Jakarta residents who lived in densely populated areas. 

The vertical houses would be built based on the city’s subsidized low-cost apartment block (rusunami) concept so that Jakarta residents could have access to affordable apartments. (ebf)

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