The Jakarta Post
The government’s plan to renovate Jakarta's iconic Istiqlal Mosque in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, is welcomed by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan who has said he would ease the administrative process for the project.
It is reported that the Public Works and Housing Ministry, which is in charge of the project, has allocated Rp 577 billion (US$40 million for the renovation.
“We will ease the process of all permits as long as everything is in accordance with the regulations,” Anies said on Saturday, tempo.co reports.
Anies went on to express hope that the Istiqlal Mosque could become one of the capital’s tourist destinations, by ensuring its renovation project was in line with the National Monument (Monas) revitalization plan.
The city administration has allocated Rp 150 billion to revitalize the Monas area.
Istiqlal Mosque management head Asep Saepudin said he was thankful for the governor’s promise.
“I hope that in the future, Istiqlal Mosque will be prettier and better, as Indonesian citizens and especially Jakarta residents have been looking forward to,” he said. (vla)