The Jakarta Post
The Bekasi administration in West Java has urged its Jakarta counterpart to immediately pay outstanding money to Bantar Gebang waste treatment facility in Bekasi, as the latter city is behind in payments by around seven months.
The head of the Bekasi Environment Agency, Jumhan Lutfi, said that based on the agreement between the neighboring regions, Jakarta should pay tipping fees to Bekasi administration and monetary assistance to Bantar Gebang residents of Rp 160 billion (US$12 million) to Rp 170 billion per year.
However, the Jakarta administration has yet pay the tipping fees this year even though the payment had been due in January.
“The Bekasi administration needs the money. We earlier covered contributions to Bantar Gebang residents from our money. We hope the Jakarta administration can immediately pay their contribution,” Lutfi said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
Lutfi added that the money would be used for development projects in Bekasi, especially those related to the improvement of waste management in Bantar Gebang.
Apart from that, Lutfi said Jakarta had not managed the waste water treatment plant properly, which could risk the health of residents living around Bantar Gebang who used the water for daily activities.
The water needed to be well managed to prevent leaching of contaminants, he said. (cal)