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Manggarai residents protest airport train project

  • Indra Budiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 24, 2017   /   06:27 pm
Manggarai residents protest airport train project President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, accompanied by several ministers, inspects the airport train project at Soekarno-Hata International Airport in Tangerang, Banten on Nov. 4, 2016. The project will connect the airport to Manggarai Station in South Jakarta and the airport to Kota Station in West Jakarta. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/Laily )

Dozens of Manggarai residents in South Jakarta filed a report with the National Commission on Human Rights on Friday, protesting the planned demolition of their houses to make way for the construction of a railway line to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

One local, Nasrul Dongoran, said the residents had been living in the area since the 1950s but did not have house deeds to support their claims. "But we can show our house purchase agreements signed by RT [neighborhood unit] head.”

The residents also objected to the amount of compensation offered by train operator PT KAI for their land. They expressed hope that Komnas HAM could mediate in talks between them and the project operator.

PT KAI spokesperson Suprapto, however, claimed the company was the rightful owner of the land.

The company has said it would pay Rp 250,000 (US$18.75) per house, “as compensation for the house’s demolition costs,” Suprapto told The Jakarta Post.

He added that as the airport train was planned to be operational this year, Manggarai Station would be renovated and no delays were expected in the construction despite people’s objections.

Previously, state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II said the construction of a train station at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, would be completed by the end of March and the airport railway line would start operating in July.

The train will transport people from the airport to Manggarai Station in 45 minutes.