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South Tangerang observation tower cuts off residents’ access road

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 21, 2019   /   10:16 am
South Tangerang observation tower cuts off residents’ access road An observation tower next to the Al Itishom mosque on Jl. Maruga Raya, Serua, Ciputat district in South Tangerang. (Warta Kota/Zaki Ari Setiawan)

The construction of a new observation tower near the offices of the South Tangerang administration has apparently irked local residents living nearby.

Residents of neighborhood unit (RT) 03 and 05 in community unit (RW) 04 Serua, Ciputat district have been affected by the construction following the closure of an access road to Jl. Adi Sengkong 

People have to pass the administration office on Jl. Maruga Raya to reach Jl. Adi Sengkong. The tower sits in a location that used to be an access road for local residents, next to Al Itishom mosque.

“When it was being built, many people were confused about what route to take, usually they just go via the area [where the tower was built,” RT 05 head Munadi said on Saturday as reported by wartakota.tribunnews.com.

People were also concerned about the planned electronic gate to enter the office area, although it is not currently in use yet. The use of the electronic gate, he added, was feared to hinder access for people traveling from their houses located behind the office to the main road.

“Residents will ask for mediation if there is no access road provided for us,” he added.

Another resident named Neneng, whose house is located behind the South Tangerang Mayor's Office, said residents agreed on the construction of the tower as long as it did not cause any harm to the community.

Neneng added that many local people often set up their stalls on the side of Jl. Maruga Raya. She feared the blocked access and planned electronic gate would make it harder for her customers to reach her. (eyc)