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N. Sumatra road project uses customary land, faces opposition from locals

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Toba Samosir, North Sumatra   /   Mon, September 23, 2019   /  03:23 pm
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Construction work for a highway project reportedly taking place on customary land in Sigapiton, Toba Samosir regency, North Sumatra, has triggered a clash between residents and security personnel. The planned development of a 1.9-kilometer-long and 18-meter-wide road is being carried out by the Lake Toba Authority Agency (BPODT). The highway will connect the Kaldera Nomadic Escape Toba tourist site, which the BPODT had just completed, with Batu Silali and construction was initially slated to kick off this month. Last week, a number of BPODT officials, accompanied by military and police personnel, started collecting data of trees located on the affected customary land belonging to locals for compensation purposes.   However, locals who disagreed with the planned development prevented the officials from doing their work. In a demonstration against the road projects re...