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House renovation program kicks off in popular tourist destinations

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, April 27, 2017  /  06:05 pm
House renovation program kicks off in popular tourist destinations

This program aims to improve the quality of life of local residents and support the government’s program to develop 1 million houses. (Shutterstock/File)

The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry alongside state-owned lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) are implementing the Independent Housing Stimulus Assistance Program (BSPS) program to conduct renovations on rundown houses located in tourist destinations like Lake Toba, North Sumatra; Tanjung Lesung, Banten; and Bromo-Semeru-Tengger in East Java.

One hundred houses in each of these areas will be renovated by the BSPS with a budget of Rp 15 million (US$1128) per house.

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The program aims to improve the quality of life of local residents and support the government’s program to build 1 million houses nationwide.

“We can only grant the program to those who have ownership [papers] of the property; this [also] to help low-income residents whose maximum income is only Rp 2.3 million,” said the ministry's housing development planning director Dedy Permadi.

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“If the houses are in good condition with a proper sanitation system, they can be used as a homestay for tourists,” added the ministry's secretary general Taufik Widjoyono.

Moreover, BTN president director Maryono said the consortium would also give housing loans (KPR) to homeowners whose houses are in the governments list of 10 “New Bali” destinations, as they can be used as hospitality and tourism business, such as souvenir shops and restaurant, among others. (kes)

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