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Jakarta Post

Lawsuit over church renovation being heard in Batam

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    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Thu, January 30, 2020   /  10:18 am
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Tanjungpinang State Administrative Court (PTUN) in Batam, Riau Islands has started hearings into a lawsuit against the Karimun One-Stop Integrated Service (PTSP) over a building permit granted for the renovation of the 85-year-old Santo Josep Karimun Church. The plaintiff, the Karimun Regency Caring Alliance (APKK), is demanding that the permit be revoked. The first session commenced with the plaintiff explaining why. APKK lawyer Bambang Hardijusno said the renovation of a large building like the church would cause traffic congestion around the area. "The first reason is that it will cause traffic congestion and the second reason is that the building has been planned to be inaugurated as a cultural heritage building by the Tourism Agency. It would be a pity if the current building was to be destroyed. Its historical value would diminish as well," Bambang told The Ja...