Jakarta Governor Djarot Syaiful Hidayat said on Tuesday (04/07) his administration is trying to curb the number of people moving into the capital by applying tighter restrictions on securing government-subsidized flats. (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

Only Jakarta's Poor Can Move Into Government-Subsidized Flats: Djarot

BY :JG NEWS CHANNEL

JULY 04, 2017

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said on Tuesday (04/07) his administration is trying to curb the number of people moving into the capital by employing several measures, including applying tighter restrictions on securing government-subsidized flats.

According to Djarot, more people have submitted applications for a chance to move into government-funded flats despite several restrictions already in place.

Djarot stressed only certain residents are eligible to live in these flats, mostly people on very low income.

"Around 11,000 residents are applying for these flats, but only 1,500 units are available," Djarot said at City Hall.

"We will do a survey to decide who should get priority for these flats, who should move in first. We're building more flats to rehouse people who used to live on Jakarta's riverbanks," he added.

Jakarta's slums every year receive new hordes of residents after the Lebaran exodus, when Jakartans return from their hometowns with their family members in tow.

But the governor said his administration is actually having more difficulties tracking the influx of people into apartments and luxurious housing complexes, than those in slums or government-subsidized flats.

"It's easier to work out new arrivals in the slums," he said.

"We will work together with other provinces to stem the flow of people moving into Jakarta," he added.

Watch Indonesia Highlights at 8 p.m. tonight on the Jakarta Globe News Channel to find out more.

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