The Jakarta Post
Dozens of residents of the Taman Royal residential area in Tanah Tinggi, Tangerang, Banten, planted banana, papaya and water apple trees on potholes on dilapidated roads on Sunday, as a part of a rally to demand for road repairs.
The residents claimed that the residential area’s management had ignored the road conditions for far too long. The rally was secured by Tangerang Police officers.
Tangerang Police chief Comr. Ewo Samono said the residents demanded for permanent road repairs.
“The residents will continue carrying out such actions until the damaged roads are permanently repaired,” Ewo said as reported by tribunnews.com. “They have also threatened to seal off the marketing office of the management,” he added.
Separately, the Tangerang administration said road maintenance was the responsibility of the residential area’s management as the housing area had yet to be handed over to the administration.
“The management had requested for the facility’s handover to the administration in 2014, but we asked for the repairs first due to severe [road] conditions, as regulated under prevailing laws,” Tangerang City secretary Dadi Budaeri said on Monday. (vny)