September 09, 2011

Bylaw might lead to ecological problems

A coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGO) has rejected the recently approved bylaw on spatial planning, calling the ordinance “unconstitutional”. The coalition, which includes the Rujak Center for Urban Studies research center, the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) and a community group who claimed to represent residents of Jl. Antasari in South Jakarta, said that the new bylaw, which would serve as a blueprint for all new developments in the city for the next two decades, would only worsen current conditions in Jakarta.

“The deliberation of the bylaw has sidelined the public’s participation. The bylaw itself does not consider sustainable city planning or citizens’ right to justice,” coalition spokesman Irvan Pulungan told a press conference in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.


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