The Jakarta Post
The Save Jakarta Bay Coalition (KSTJ), which strongly rejects the Jakarta Bay reclamation project due to the environmental damages it has caused, requested the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) to legally revoke a right-to-build permit (HGB) issued for man-made Islet D during the first hearing of the trial on Monday.
The lawsuit was filed by the KTSJ -- which is made up of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment, the Indonesian Traditional Fishermen Association and the People's Coalition for Fisheries Justice -- against North Jakarta Agrarian Agency head Kasten Situmorang who had granted the islet’s developer, PT Kapuk Naga Indah, the HGB under Decision Letter No. 1697/HGB/BPN-09.05/2017.
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The coalition’s legal representative, the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta), said there were procedural and substantial defects in the issuance of the HGB.
LBH Jakarta’s Nelson Nikodemus Simamora said the HGB was contrary to the 2030 Jakarta spatial plan and was issued before the city even completed two bylaws on the Jakarta North Coast Strategic Area Spatial Planning and the Zoning Plan on Coastal Areas and Small Islands.
These are only two among 14 reasons provided by the coalition at the PTUN to urge the court to revoke the HGB.
“We hope the judges at the PTUN will legally revoke the HGB,” Nelson said in a statement. “Jakarta Bay must be returned to Jakarta’s residents because the reclamation will only damage the environment,” he added. (wit)