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‘Monas development never been completed’: City marches on with revitalization project

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 25, 2020   /  02:10 pm
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The South Plaza of the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta remains denuded of tree on Jan. 20. The provincial government of Greater Jakarta cut down 190 trees down to pave a plaza and the development has resulted in reduced rainwater absorption because the dirt is largely being replaced by concrete. JP/Dhoni Setiawan/sas/20(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Jakarta administration is insisting the controversial work at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta, is being done to complete an unfinished government project. The city has come under fire for cutting down almost 200 trees, accusations involving the contractor's dubious credibility and paperwork issues. City secretary Saefullah said the government’s development plan for Monas, stipulated in Presidential Decree No. 25/1995 on the development of Jakarta's Medan Merdeka area, was never completed after the iconic Jakarta site was established in 1961.  “Monas' development has never been completed. There has never been in our history a president officially launching the complete Monas. That's why we carry it out. [The design] refers to the said presidential decree,” Saefullah told reporters in a press conference at City Hall on Fr...