The construction of cheap apartments in downtown Jakarta is surmised to be able to alleviate the ever increasing severity of traffic congestion in the capital city. Therefore, everyone hoped for Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo, will soon build cheap apartments for middle lower citizens in downtown Jakarta.
Jakarta Study Center (JSC) Executive Director, Ali Sadikin, said the construction of cheap apartment would be a very effective way in handling traffic congestion in the capital city. He exemplified that in Singapore, Hongkong, and other big cities in the world, apartments were built downtown, complete with shopping center, office building and recreation center. "Thus, citizens will have everything they need within walking distance. If this could be realized, traffic congestion could be alleviated by 40 percent," told Ali Sadikin, Monday (7/22).
Aside from becoming a solution to handle traffic congestion, the cheap apartment will also become a solution for underprivileged citizens who are lacking of decent place to live at an affordable price. Due to the high price of land in the capital city, it has been difficult for them to find a decent place to live.
"This is very effective way to provide underprivileged citizens a decent place to live," asserted Ali Sadikin, who is also very concerned with problems in Jakarta.
Jakarta Provincial Government could cooperate with private companies if they do not have sufficient budget to support the program. "The cheap apartment should be high enough for it to be more effective. 50 to 70 floors should be enough," informed the ex Head of Jakarta HMI.
He added the program could never be realized if Jakarta City Parliament as Jokowi-Ahok`s partner does not support it. ‘Jokowi`s subordinates, in this case the mayors and departments must also support the program that would be beneficial for citizens," he explained.
Urban analyst, Adilsyah Lubis stated the existence of cheap apartment or flats in the capital city has become mandatory. This is because for Jakarta to be equal with other big cities in the world, it has to have omniscient facilities.
"Ideally, the apartments should be integrated with markets, office complexes, restaurants and shopping centers. This is to prevent any traffic rush from happening," he furthered.
He agreed with the concept of cheap apartments in the city can parse traffic congestion. "If people go to the office and shopping, they do not need using private vehicle,” added Lubis.
He reminded that Jokowi regarding the program of cheaper apartment could be built appropriately. "The initial stage should be conducted for a decent apartment is immediately removing the rules of limit the height of buildings. This is because if the market is combined with the office will take the land as well. Thus, its building model would be vertical and unlimited," he told.
Jakarta Vice Governor, Basuki T Purnama previously plans to build a cheap apartment for middle-lower class and to streamline the use of government asset offices for the benefit of the people.
Basuki asserted that the main problem of traffic congestion is by adding more flat near the office. Then there would be traditional market under the flat. It will restrict people activity by using motorcycle.
Meanwhile, Head of City Parliament, Golkar Party, Ashraf Ali admitted the council will fully support the policy of Jokowi-Ahok if the policy is indeed beneficial for the citizens. “But, it must be based on a good calculation. Do not let the privileged people buy the flat,” he exclaimed.
To right on target, Jakarta Provincial Government should make a legal protection in order to avoid any problem. "Cheap apartments are very beneficial for the underprivileged people in the capital city. With limited land, Jakarta could build apartments or flats in the middle of the city, like in Singapore and Hong Kong," he informed.
This member of City Parliament Commission E exemplified at this time many flats are occupied by privileged people instead of underprivileged people. “That is why there must be a legal protection if the cheap apartment will be built in the middle of the city,” he finished.