INDONESIA - The Jakarta administration is building three low-cost apartments in Cipinang, Pulogadung and Pulogebang in East Jakarta for around 600 families who will be relocated from the banks of the Ciliwung River, which flows through the city.
Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo attended the ceremony to mark the start of the construction project, worth 60 billion rupiah (S$6.6 million).
"We have told the City Council we will build a total of around 200 apartments. So, the needs of residents for affordable housing are fulfilled," he said in the ceremony.
He added the administration would set its annual target in its development programmes. Jokowi added he would not relocate one or two families but a neighborhood community or a subdistrict.
"All sites cleared of settlements can be made 'green' and can be open spaces, for public recreational sites," he said.
He added that like the those in Marunda, North Jakarta, and Grogol, West Jakarta, the apartments would also be equipped with markets and other public facilities.
"If the apartment complex is big enough, we will equip it with a market, a community health centre and schools," he said.
Jokowi, however, said he was unsure if the units would also be equipped with refrigerators and television, like the ones in Marunda, North Jakarta.
"We will see the real condition in the field. If they need to be equipped with such facilities, we will try to fulfil it," he said.
Jokowi said the city would also provide public transportation if it was necessary, for the mobility of the inhabitants.