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Jakarta Post

Not enough fund for Jakarta sidewalk development: Bina Marga

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 2, 2017   /   05:55 pm
Not enough fund for Jakarta sidewalk development: Bina Marga A worker operates a backhoe to remove concrete on the sidewalk of Jl. K.H. Hasyim Ashari in Central Jakarta during the widening of the sidewalk on Nov. 9, 2016. (JP/P.J.LEO)

An official of Jakarta's Bina Marga road agency has said the Rp 412 billion (US$31 million) that the company has been allocated from the 2017 city budget to develop sidewalks in the capital is insufficient.

Ideally, Jakarta should have 2,600 kilometers of sidewalks, which is the same length as the roads, said Rini Asnita, the agency's road facilities and utility planning head. 

She said between Rp 1.5 million and Rp 5 million was needed to develop 1 square meter of sidewalk. 

"An ideal sidewalk has a utility box and duct," she said on Wednesday. 

She explained that an ideal sidewalk had a 2.16-square-meter utility box at a depth of 2.3 meters. 

However, if the city developed sidewalks without such facilities, it would only cost Rp 1.5 million per square meter, she explained. 

Nonetheless, in an attempt to develop sidewalks, the city has used the proceeds from floor area ratio (KLB) violation payments as an alternative source of funding.

"One solution is to use funds from private companies. For instance, we use KLB funds. We will find other funds to accelerate the development of sidewalks," she said. (agn)