Basuki Thanks Police, Military for Helping to Demolish Kalijodo

Police prepare for evictions of the notorious Kalijodo district last year. (Antara Photo/ Muhammad Adimaja)

By : Deti Mega Purnamasari | on 10:02 PM March 01, 2016
Category : News, Jakarta

Jakarta. Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama thanked the Jakarta Police and Jakarta Military Command (Kodam Jaya) for their support during the eviction of the Kalijodo red-light district on Monday (29/02).

Basuki said the success of the operation in Kalijodo was due to the commitment of each institution to performing its duties. He added that with no such commitment, it would be difficult to prevent residents from returning following their eviction.

"I am very thankful that it was a success due to the support of the Jakarta Police chief, as well as the Jakarta Military Command and their ranks," Basuki said at City Hall on Tuesday.

As reported earlier, the Jakarta administration, with the assistance of 5,000 police and military officials, completed the eviction and demolition of the Kalijodo area, which was notorious as a haven for prostitution, alcohol abuse and gambling. The area will now be turned into an open green space as planned.

According to the Jakarta Parks and Cemetery Agency, only 9,98 percent of the capital's total land area of 740 square kilometers can currently be classified as open green spaces, far from its target of 30 percent.

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