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Jakarta Post

City to continue MRT development on disputed land

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 7, 2017   /   01:25 pm
City to continue MRT development on disputed land An aerial view shows construction work on the mass rapid transit (MRT) system in the Fatmawati area of South Jakarta on June 1. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

The Jakarta administration is set to continue construction of the mass-rapid transit (MRT) system on disputed land near Jl. Panglima Polim in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

The head of the legal department of the municipality of South Jakarta, Tb Purba, said there were three residents who had claimed ownership rights over some 120 square meters of land and demanded that the administration compensate them.

However, Purba said the land had been in use for a public road since the 1990s.

Therefore, the administration will soon take control of the land to “speed up the MRT development process, without giving compensation [to the residents],” he said on Wednesday.

“We need to accelerate the MRT development,” Purba stressed, as quoted by

He also said the administration had issued warning letters to residents not to occupy the land.

On Thursday, 117 police and military personnel were dispatched to curb building activity deemed illegal. (cal)