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Bogor villages suffer amid soaring demand for sand to build homes, roads in Jakarta, Banten

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Bogor and Jakarta   /   Thu, November 28, 2019   /  10:41 am
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Drivers park their trucks on the side of the road in Gunung Sindur, Bogor, West Java, on Nov. 24, waiting to distribute sand and rocks to Tangerang, Banten, and Jakarta. Residents have complained about the inconvenience caused by the mining trucks, which includes traffic congestion, air pollution, and at worst, casualties. (JP/Budi Sutrisno)

The blazing Sunday sun beat down upon Parung Panjang village in Bogor regency, West Java, where a middle-aged woman called Fatimah was tidying up the house, secretly hiding her sorrow for the loss of her nephew, whose body had been crushed by a truck carrying rocks from local sand mines. “It was about two years ago and her mother is still in grief, not ready to talk to anyone about him. It has been a wound for us,” Fatimah told The Jakarta Post, adding that the family was still seeking justice for then-eighth-grader Farhan. For more than five decades, dozens of trucks carrying rocks and sand from mining sites in Parung Panjang in Gunung Sindur district and Rumpin village in the district of the same name in Bogor have been passing through small roads in nearby villages every day. The activities have angered residents as they cause frequent casualties, traffic congesti...