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Ministry files judicial review on Jakarta water privatization

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 4, 2018   /   04:56 pm
Ministry files judicial review on Jakarta water privatization A worker controls the quality of raw water at a treatment facility owned by private tap water company PT Palyja in Central Jakarta. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Finance Ministry has submitted a judicial review challenging the Supreme Court’s decision to instruct that the Jakarta administration put an end to the privatization of piped water and return water treatment and distribution authority to city-owned water company PT PAM Jaya.

The judicial review was filed through the Central Jakarta District Court on March 22, Finance Ministry communications and information bureau head Nufransa Wira Sakti said on Thursday.

Nufransa said the ministry filed the review because it had filed a warranty on the privatization in line with government policy. “[That is] the reason why we are pursuing maximum legal efforts,” Nufransa said on Thursday as reported by tempo.co.

On April 10 last year, the Supreme Court granted the cessation petition of the Coalition of Jakarta Residents Opposing Water Privatization and decreed that PAM Jaya's cooperation with PT Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) and PT Aetra Air Jakarta since 1997 was illegal because it gave water treatment authority to private entities.

Central Jakarta District Court civil registrar Wiyono said the ministry did not provide new evidence in its appeal and it argued that the judges had made a mistake in granting the coalition’s appeal.

Wiyono said the district court was still waiting for the coalition to file its statement responding to the judicial review before submitting all documents to the Supreme Court.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said the administration would still follow the Supreme Court’s ruling despite the ministry's judicial review. (ami)