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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to revive RPTRAs

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 29, 2019   /   08:20 am
Jakarta to revive RPTRAs Children compete in a 'balap karung' (sack race) during a traditional games event held at a child-friendly integrated public space (RPTRA) in Melati, Duri Pulo, Central Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/David Caessarre)

The Jakarta administration is planning to develop 16 new integrated child-friendly public spaces (RPTRA) throughout the capital this year, at a cost of Rp 40.4 billion (US$2.87 million) from the city budget.

“We will build four RPTRAs in Central Jakarta, five in North Jakarta, two in West Jakarta, two in South Jakarta, two in East Jakarta and one in Thousand Islands regency,” Jakarta Housing Agency head Kelik Indriyanto told on Monday.  

Some of the parks will be built on land belonging to the city’s water resources agency. 

The city currently has 290 RPTRAs. The concept was one of the signature programs of former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. 

The decision contradicts a previous plan to stop building new RPTRAs, as the administration, instead, had planned to build green open space called Taman Maju Bersama, which according to some city councilors were no different.

Then-housing agency head Agustino Darmawan said the previous decision to stop building RPTRAs was because the city had struggled to find available land. (fac)