Concrete columns meant for the capital’s first monorail project stand abandoned along Jalan Asia Afrika in Senayan, South Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho )

Jakarta City Hall Tells Monorail Company to Tear Down Pillars

JANUARY 27, 2015

Concrete columns  meant for the capital’s first monorail project stand abandoned along Jalan Asia Afrika in Senayan, South Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Jakarta. The Jakarta administration has ordered the Jakarta Monorail Company to demolish dozens of concrete pylons originally constructed to support a planned monorail system, following the capital's decision to cancel its cooperation with the company.

Saefullah, Jakarta's city secretary, said the steel-reinforced pillars towering over many of Jakarta's busy thoroughfares have spoiled the capital's aesthetics.

"The [Jakarta Monorail] has a duty to demolish the [pillars]. We have discussed it already," Saefullah said on Monday. "The project was fully under the responsibility of Adhi Karya and JM. It wasn't built using the state or regional budget, so we won't lose anything."

"The government has the right to ask for the pillars' demolition, since they clearly irritate the city's aesthetic sensibilities," Saefullah said.

Jakarta Monorail director Sukmawati Syukur denied that her company had failed in the monorail's construction. Instead, she said work on the project was suspended after city officials refused to sign the contract addendum between Jakarta Monorail and the city government.

"We are rejecting the notion saying that we don't do our work," Sukmawati said, quoted by on Monday. "[Construction stopped] because the government hasn't signed the addendum, which consists of a depot agreement and business plan. That's why we couldn't continue the project."

"In addition, the pillars have been confiscated by Adhi Karya; they aren't ours anymore [to destroy]," Sukmawati said.

Currently there are 90 concrete pillars staked in the medians of Jl. Asia-Afrika in Central Jakarta and Jl. Rasuna Said in South Jakarta.

Work on project has been halted since 2007. The project's largest shareholder, Ortus Holdings, has been in a long dispute over the pillars' price with Adhi Karya, the partner of Jakarta Monorail that provided the material for the pillars' construction.

Adhi Karya has since proposed developing other monorail routes with Jakarta's government, including Kuningan-Cawang-East Bekasi and Cawang-Cibubur, at an estimated cost of Rp 8.4 trillion ($672 million).

Jakarta city officials have not taken any decisive stance yet regarding the proposal.