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Jakarta Post

City to build low-cost apartments for Kampung Bandan fire victims, Anies claims

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 15, 2019   /   02:31 pm
City to build low-cost apartments for Kampung Bandan fire victims, Anies claims Life goes on: Residents of Kampung Bandan in Ancol, North Jakarta, work together to clear the debris from houses that were destroyed in a fire on Saturday afternoon. (The Jakarta Post/Sausan Atika )

Following a fire that destroyed three neighborhood units (RTs) in Kampung Bandan, Pademangan, North Jakarta, on Saturday, Governor Anies Baswedan said the city administration will build a Rusun (low-cost apartment) for the affected residents.

The land where the fire that burned down houses of more than 400 families and displaced over 3,000 was owned by state-owned railway operator PT KAI.

When visiting the location on Sunday, Anies said the administration would invite KAI to talk about follow-up measures, including the temporary relocation of the victims to a wide plot of land owned by the firm.

Anies claimed after a meeting with KAI on Tuesday that the firm had approved the administration's proposal to discuss the potential development of a Rusun. The Rusun was deemed a long-term measure in handling the impact of the incident.

“The long-term measures are regarding resettlement. The land [where the fire occurred] is a 1-hectare plot of land owned by PT KAI. [The administration and KAI] have agreed there will be a housing [complex] built there,” Anies told a press briefing at City Hall on Tuesday.

“The housing may be used by residents affected [by the fire],” he added. 

“The [land] size is 1.08 ha. For a long-term solution, we will build a Rusun. But the Rusun will be built on the location [where their houses used to be],” he said.

Anies said the administration would further discuss the matter with KAI.

The governor also claimed that the idea would benefit KAI as the land utilization was clear as well as who would build and use the apartment.

Anies added that the short-term solution was to make sure the basic needs of the affected residents were met, such as shelter, health services, food provision and school materials for students.

The shelter will be made available during the construction of the apartment. 

“While the construction is ongoing temporary shelters will be provided. The [Jakarta] Housing and Settlement Agency will prepare the shelter,” he said.

City-owned developer company Sarana Jaya has been assigned to communicate with KAI as it was in charge of the apartment’s construction.

City-owned developer Sarana Jaya president director Yoory C. Pinontoan said discussions had only just begun and the firm had yet to reveal any cooperation plan.

“It is an agreement that needs further discussion. We have been assigned to communicate with KAI,” he said. 

KAI’s corporate deputy director of nonrailway assets Zuhril Alim said the meeting with the administration on Tuesday morning focused on the handling of the affected residents. 

“Technical matters are being discussed internally by the administration,” he said.

He declined to comment further or give confirmation on KAI's approval regarding the construction of the Rusun.

Speaking on a different occasion, Jakarta Housing and Settlement Agency head Kelik Indriyanto said the Jakarta Spatial Planning Agency was assessing the land where the fire occurred. The assessment is expected to be completed two days after the data is collected.

“We will build the temporary shelter,” he said, citing the governor's argument that the current shelter was inadequate for living in.

Kelik said the administration would cooperate with KAI, however, the model still needed to be discussed.

North Jakarta Mayor Syamsudin Lologau said the temporary shelter would accommodate 230 families comprising 1,012 people who are listed as Jakarta residents.

Having lost their homes in the fire, Kampung Bandan residents expressed hope that the administration would build semipermanent housing for them.