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AP I slammed over road closure for Yogyakarta airport

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, March 27, 2018   /   01:49 pm
AP I slammed over road closure for Yogyakarta airport Stop!: A police officer manages the traffic as authorities close down Jl. Daendels in Glagah village, Kulon Progo regency, Yogyakarta, for the construction of a new airport. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) I has begun to close down parts of Jl. Daendels that are within the designated location for the New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) in Kulon Progo regency.

The road is closed from the Glagah Market area in the eastern part of Jl. Daendels in Glagah village to the Glaheng Market in Sindutan village in the west. The closure will affect around 2 kilometers of the road. All vehicles entering the area will be rerouted to the Yogyakarta-Wates highway.

“The road closure is necessary to support construction activities and to make sure the area is the designated location for the airport’s construction. No more settlements are allowed in the area,” said AP I’s NYIA construction project head R.Sujiastono on Monday.

He was at the Glagah subdistrict office to monitor the handover of land compensation payments from AP I to some residents who had previously objected to the airport project. The compensation paid to the residents amounts to Rp 20 billion (US$1.4 million).

Currently, 86 households continue to reject relocation. Together with an association of local residents rejecting eviction in Kulon Progo, PWPP-KP, the families are holding out in their houses in the northern and southern area of Jl. Daendels.

They reject the closure, arguing the road plays an important role in their economic activities. "The road is the only access for our children to go to school," said Sutrisno of PWPP-KP. (ebf)