The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration is scheduled to relocate residents living along river banks in Bukit Duri area in South Jakarta on July 5, as part of its river restoration program.
Jakarta deputy governor elect Sandiaga Salahudin Uno, however, expressed hope the administration would give more time to the residents to move their belongings.
“When I visited them, they said they needed time to move to their new places and expected the administration to give them a better solution,” Sandiaga said in Kwitang, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday as quoted by Tribunnews.com.
Sandiaga said he hoped the administration would not conduct any evictions until governor elect Anies Baswedan and himself are officially inaugurated in October.
He promised to pay close attention to the social, economic and educational issues faced by the evictees.
“They believe they are going to be uprooted from their social economic activities and have their children’s education disrupted as well. Solutions to these matters should be provided,” Sandiaga explained.
Jakarta vice governor elect Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno (center) waves to journalists at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on May 23. He was grilled as witness in his capacity as former commissioner of PT Duta Graha Indah.(Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A)
Under the leadership of former governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the administration launched an aggressive river normalization program, believed to be the key to tackling the city's prolonged flooding problems. (dra/bbs)