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Jakarta regains water

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 12, 2017   /  07:30 am
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The Supreme Court has sealed the deal for Jakarta. A ruling has ordered the end to water privatization in the capital after years of public condemnation for depriving access for the city’s poor. City-owned water company PAM Jaya has begun the transition to take over operations from its two private partners — PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) and PT Aetra Air Jakarta (Aetra) — as their 25-year partnership contract is slated to end in 2023. With the court verdict, the water company is not permitted to seek new private partners to handle tap water operations in the city and it will have to produce and distribute clean water on its own. PAM Jaya president director Erlan Hidayat said on Wednesday that the company and the city administration were still assessing the impact of the ruling, but he was optimistic that it would bring residents a better service. “It ...