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Anies should open more RPTRA instead of revamping parks: Councillor

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11, 2019   /   09:04 am
Anies should open more RPTRA instead of revamping parks: Councillor Children play at an integrated child-friendly public space (RPTRA) in Krendang, West Jakarta, in this Sept. 18, 2017 file photograph. (Antara/Makna Zaezar)

A councillor has urged the Jakarta administration to allocate money for building more green spaces and child-friendly public places (RPTRA) instead of beautifying parks.

Chairman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) faction at the City Council, Gembong Warsono, referred to the Rp 140 billion (US$9.9 million) city allocation to revamp five parks in South and Central Jakarta.

“Why doesn't [the city] just continue [developing the RPTRA] if it is such a great program?” Gembong said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.

He went on to explain how the RPTRA projects brought more benefits for people, for example by providing a space for socializing and interacting.

If Governor Anies Baswedan refuses to continue the RPTRA program, which was the legacy of former governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Gembong expressed hope Anies would still open more green spaces. “For me, revitalizing the Tugu Tani area is wrong,” Gembong added.

The Jakarta Forestry Agency revealed that it intended to revamp five parks this year, namely Tebet Park, Langsat Park, Puring Park and Mataram Park in South Jakarta, as well as Tugu Tani Park in Central Jakarta.

Each revitalized park would have new facilities and different concepts.

“We have prepared the funds. God willing, in 2019 we’ll soon implement it and hope all will be finished soon and people can use the parks,” Anies said on Jan. 3. (vla)