Sigit Prastowo (middle), Finance Director of Bank DKI and Corporate Secretary of Bank DKI, Zulfarshah (left) purchased the product using EDC Bank DKI in Jakarta Fair 2017 in Jakarta, July 8, 2017. In support of less cash program, PT Bank DKI implements Zone of transaction Non-cash.Courtesy photo of Bank DKI

Making Way for Redevelopment, Reluctantly

JULY 11, 2017

Jakarta. The Jakarta administration is evicting residents from Bukit Duri, South Jakarta, an old kampung on the banks of the Ciliwung River, on Tuesday (11/07).

Hundreds of buildings — homes, shops, community centers — will be destroyed to make way for the administration's "river normalization" project, which will build green areas and new roads on the riverbanks.

The evicted residents will be moved to simple rental apartments — Rawa Bebek, Rusun Komarudin, Rusun Pulo Gebang and Rusun Bekasi KM 2 — far away from their original kampung.

The Bukit Duri residents have so far not received any compensation from the government despite past promises.

A house that has been stripped of its fittings by its owner waits for demolition in Bukit Duri, South Jakarta, on Monday (10/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A boy and his grandfather watch as their neighbors strip their homes of any valuables before the Jakarta administration demolishes them. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

'Say No to Forced Eviction,' the graffiti on the wall says. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A long-time resident of Bukit Duri dismantles his own home. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

'Dogs are demolishing my house,' a graffiti says in an abandoned house in Bukit Duri. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A boy and his mother fetch water in a pail from a public bathroom in Bukit Duri. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Only half the roof of what was formerly a community center is left as residents chat under it. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A kid plays in the rubble of his own home in Bukit Duri. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

'A place where I was born, raised and forced to understand the harsh realities of life,' a graffiti says on a concrete fence in Bukit Duri. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)