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Jakarta Post

Building permits on reclaimed islets scrutinized

  • A. Muh Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 14, 2019   /  06:12 am
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Breeze on the bridge: A man jogs along a bridge connecting the artificial Maju Island and the Jakarta mainland at Pantai Indah Kapuk on Tuesday. The island is home to 932 buildings comprising 409 houses, 212 offices and 311 shophouses.(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

The issuance of 932 building permits (IMBs) on reclaimed islets C and D has garnered critics, who say the permits go against Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s initial position on reclamation and only show that the city administration chose to let commercial activities continue on the islets. Hundreds of buildings that had once been sealed on the reclaimed islets, namely Pantai Kita and Pantai Maju, have recently obtained IMBs from the Jakarta One-Stop Integrated Services Agency (BPTSP) and the properties have opened their doors to buyers. Indonesian Traditional Fishermen’s Association (KNTI) head Martin Hadiwinata said the issuance of the building permits was a major setback. “Because it turned out the sealing of the islets was only a façade to continue commercialization on the reclaimed islets,” Martin told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. In June...