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South Jakarta residents affected by MRT demand land compensation

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 31, 2019   /   11:55 am
South Jakarta residents affected by MRT demand land compensation Former residents of Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta staged a protest in front of the MRT depot on Jan. 30, demanding to be compensated for their land. (Warta Kota/Budi Sam Law Malau )

Dozens of Lebak Bulus residents who used to live near Lebak Bulus Stadium on Jl. RA Kartini in South Jakarta held a protest in front of the MRT train depot on Wednesday, demanding the city administration to compensate them for their land, on which the train depot currently stands.

Protester Audy Walangitan, 54, said 16 plots of land belonging to 14 families had been used for MRT infrastructure. The city had promised to pay them Rp 20.3 million (US$1,400) per meter, she said.

“They used 3,500 square meters in total. We haven’t received the compensation,” Audy said as reported by wartakota.tribunnews.com.

“Most of us had lived here for more than 40 years. Some even owned the land legally and paid taxes for it,” she added, noting that residents wanted the money before the MRT was scheduled to be launched in March.

Audy conceded that most of their ownership documents had been submitted to the Lebak Bulus subdistrict office on March 23, 2011, for the compensation process. This was before construction of the MRT station started.

Three years after they agreed to give up their land, the MRT project began.

“In February 2015, we asked the subdistrict office. They said that our documents have been transferred to the municipality administration. The municipality said that our land was part of the Lebak Bulus Stadium,” she explained.

The residents’ lawyer, Nurfadilah, alleged there had been maladministration.

“I don’t see that the Jakarta administration has the willingness to work on the problem immediately,” Nurfadilah said. (vla)