The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration is set to evict residents from 122 dwellings on Jl. Cakung Cilincing in East Jakarta to restore a water channel in the area as a part of an effort to solve the flood problem in Cakung Barat.
East Jakarta administration secretary Usmayadi said the dwellings were erected illegally and the squatters did not have any certificates to prove ownership.
Usmayadi added that it had delivered a second warning letter urging the residents to leave. The final warning letter would be issued soon.
The restoration project is set to be completed this year.
“If we don’t evict the residents, they will be affected by floods during the rainy season. The area is prone to flooding,” Usmayadi said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
On Wednesday afternoon, dozens of Cakung Cilincing residents protested in front of City Hall.
“We, the residents of Jl. Cacing [Cakung Cilincing] resist the eviction and the provision of low-cost apartments. We want the governor to fulfill his promise,” a protester, Ahmad, said during the protest.
Ahmad, the head of the Madura United Alliance, added that the residents of Cakung Cilincing had supported Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan during the election. They even campaigned for him, he said.
Therefore, the residents asked the governor to fulfill his campaign promise to not evict the residents during his administration, Ahmad added. (cal)