Jakarta Administration to Appeal Court Ruling Halting Reclamation Project

By : Deti Mega Purnamasari | on 3:12 PM March 20, 2017
Category : News, Jakarta

Jakarta. The Jakarta administration will soon appeal a recent court ruling halting development on parts of a reclamation project off the northern coast of Jakarta, acting Governor Sumarsono said on Monday (20/03).

A panel of judges at the Jakarta State Administrative Court ordered the city administration on Thursday to stop development on three reclaimed islands, known only as F, I and K, due to regulatory concerns.

Sumarsono said documents presented as part of the city's defense during the reclamation trial were deemed insufficient, but the development itself has been in strict accordance with regulations.

"There are documents related to spatial planning and zoning that are still scattered," Sumarsono said. "We're convinced of appealing and all will hopefully be resolved."

The administration issued decrees permitting development on the three islands between October and November 2015. Thursday's ruling, however, annulled those decrees, first issued by Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

The developers of the reclamation projects are Jakarta Propertindo, Jaladri Kartika Ekapaksi and Pembangunan Jaya Ancol.

Sumarsono dismissed one of the judges' main considerations in Thursday's ruling that the reclamation developers did not consult with local communities to discuss potential environmental impacts of the project.

"The environmental impact analysis has been carried out and announced," he said. "We've taken environmental protection as well as public interest into consideration."

The reclamation project has drawn widespread protests from dozens of fishermen groups and environmental organizations, though the Jakarta administration has staunchly defended it.

"After all, we have the authority to make the decisions," Sumarsono said.

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