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Residents object to sidewalk construction in Cikini, fearing poor outcomes
- News Desk
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta / Wed, August 21, 2019 / 01:10 pm
A worker removes stones from a destroyed sidewalk in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Monday. The Cikini sidewalk revitalization project, for which the city has allocated Rp 75 billion (US$5.2 million) from its budget, is expected to be completed in December this year.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)
Building owners along Jl. Cikini Raya in Central Jakarta have urged the city administration to evaluate the revitalization of sidewalks along the road, worrying that it will have impacts on height discrepancies with their buildings’ floors and less comfort for people who want to park their vehicles in the area. Some building owners in the business area have formed the Cikini Sidewalk Advocacy Forum, the members of which include the owners of several businesses such as Kedai Tjikini, Diar Restaurant & Cafe, Bakoel Koffie and coworking space KeKini, to voice their objections. Chairman of the forum, Lin Che Wei, whose research company has an office in the area, said the sidewalk revitalization in front of the office would increase the risk of flooding in the area because the sidewalk was higher than the building’s floor. “We ar…