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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to continue Monas revitalization project after short pause

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 6, 2020   /  05:14 pm
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An excavator is working on the construction of a paved plaza situated at the southern part of the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta on Jan. 20. The project was temporarily halted on Jan. 29 as per the Jakarta Council's request following a public outcry over the cutting down of trees in the project location. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The central government and the Jakarta administration have agreed to continue the controversial revitalization project in the southern part of the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta as soon as the city secures required approval. The decision was made in a meeting of the Medan Merdeka Area steering committee to discuss the fate of the Rp 50 billion (US$3.64 million) project on Wednesday at the State Secretary office in Central Jakarta. The committee, mandated by Presidential Decree No. 25/1995 to grant permission for any changes to the area, consists of the state secretary as its chairperson, as well as the Jakarta governor, the Public Works and Housing Ministry, the Environment Ministry and several other ministries as members. The city administration halted the project on Jan. 29 in response to the Jakarta Council’s demand to temporarily stop it until the steerin...