Jakarta. Purpose-built, low-cost apartments, or rusunawa, to house fishermen and their families will soon begin construction in Muara Angke, North Jakarta, on land owned by the provincial government.
The project's groundbreaking is scheduled to take place in November after the Muara Angke port expansion project is completed.
“Construction will take place on two hectares belonging to the Jakarta Provincial Government. We will cooperate with Agung Podomoro as developer of the project,” Ika Lestari Ajik, head of Jakarta's Housing and Building Department, said on Tuesday.
The complex will consist of 12 blocks and 680 units, and provide facilities to support small fishing businesses. Designated space will be made for fishermen to dry hauls and fix nets, as well as canals for vessels to be docked close to the apartments.
Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama previously said he would like to see the rusunawa become a tourist destination.
“If we manage to build it beautifully, it would attract tourists – both local and international – to get a glimpse of the fishermen's lives,” he said.
Construction will be funded solely by Agung Podomoro as the developer.