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Property Assets owned by PT Agung Podomoroland Tbk in North Jakarta - Photo by Agung Podomoroland

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan finally fulfill his campaign promise. He decided to revoked the principal permits on 13 reclamation islands in the controversial Jakarta bay, the senior official said on Wednesday (26/09).

The decision was made after hearing the review and verification of reclamation islands conducted by the Reclamation Management Coordinating Board which was formed by the Provincial Government in June 2018.

“As many as 13 islands that have obtained permission to be reclaimed officially revoked after we verified all the permits of the reclaimed island,” he explained to the media crew at Jakarta City Hall.

Baswedan urged, areas that have already been established and which have finished being island will be arranged according to the existing provisions. He added, the revocation of permits for 13 reclamation islands is in accordance with the promise when the Regional Head Election in 2017.

He describes the 13 islands of reclamation includes Pulau A, Pulau B, and Pulau E, which have permits held by PT Kapuk Naga Indah. Then Pulau I, Pulau J, and Pulau K have permits held by PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol Tbk (IDX: PJAA).

Then, Pulau M which has a permit held by PT Manggala Krida Yudha, O Island and F Island have permits held by PT Jakarta Propertindo, P Island and Q Island are licensed by Marunda Jakarta Industrial Zones, H Island by PT Taman Harapan Indah, and island I, by PT Jaladri Kartika Paksi.

The next step, Baswedan stated, the provincial government is to complete the Regional Regulation regarding the zoning plan for coastal areas and small islands. Then, the governor office will prepare spatial planning for the people of Jakarta.

Currently, he said, the Jakarta Provincial Government will also focus on restoring the Jakarta bay area. Especially, in the aspect of improving river water quality, clean water service, waste management and anticipation of downward ground surface movement or land subsidence.

Land that has been built, is also currently being monitored to determine the impact of reclaimed island development on the north coast. This is to provide recommendations for changes in form and also rehabilitation of the recovery of the North Coast of Jakarta.

“The space for the islands that have been finished will be arranged and used as well as possible for the benefit of the community,” explained the governor.

He also did not rule out the possibility of parties who did not accept the decision and would file a lawsuit. He invited anyone if they had to make a lawsuit.

PLast year, Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry fro Maritime Affairs informed one of the reclamation project holders, PT Agung Podomoro Land Tbk (IDX: APLN) that it could proceed with its reclamation of island G in North Jakarta, which the ministry suspended in 2016.

The property player obtained government concessions to reclaim three islands — F, G and I — totaling around 550 hectares in North Jakarta, and had begun to reclaim the 161-hectare island G, also known as the Pluit City project. The island G reclamation assets’ carrying cost, including consultant fees, licenses and land-dredging activities, was approximately Rp2.5 trillion ($172.41 million).

Before administrative sanctions in May 2016 suspended all reclamation projects in North Jakarta, APLN started selling residential units at Pluit City in North Jakarta. According to Moody’s Investor Service, lifting the work suspension for island G removes the risk of significant losses from asset write-offs and the return of the cash collected from customers.

However, before reclamation can resume, APLN has to evaluate and certify that the operation of coal-based power plants in Muara Karang, the mainland of North Jakarta, will not be affected.

The Pluit City project includes houses, shop-houses (where the first level is commercial and the second a residence) and high-rise buildings for residential and office use. In addition to social and public facilities such as schools and a water treatment facility, it will also include places of worship and recreational areas.

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