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Jakarta Post

City marches on with Monas revitalization project

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 27 2020   /  12:33 am
Where trees once stood: Visitors take pictures near the partially deforested southern side of the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Jan. 20. About 190 trees have been removed from the area for the city administration’s Monas revitalization project. (JP/Wendra Ajistyama)(Monas) in Central Jakarta on Jan. 20. About 190 trees have been removed from the area for the city administration’s Monas revitalization project. (JP/Wendra Ajistyama)

Where trees once stood: Visitors take pictures near the partially deforested southern side of the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Jan. 20. About 190 trees have been removed from the area for the city administration’s Monas revitalization project. (JP/Wendra Ajistyama)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 comp...