Government still applying moratorium on new building: Kalla

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla has asked the House of Representatives (DPR) to understand that the government was still applying a moratorium on the construction of new buildings.

“Provisionally, the government decides to apply a moratorium on the construction of new buildings, except schools, hospitals, and research centers,” Kalla said at his office here on Tuesday.

Kalla conveyed the statement to respond to the discourse, which was delivered by DPR Vice Chairman Fahri Hamzah, on the construction of new buildings and apartments in the building complex of Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), DPR, and Regional Representatives Council in Senayan, Jakarta, using the budget from the private sector.

Furthermore, Kalla stated that DPR has rehabilitated all its housing in Kalibata at a cost of hundreds of billions of rupiah in 2010.

“So, housing with the massive rehabilitation should be used first. Hundreds of billions of rupiah have been spent to rehabilitate the houses in DPR to provide better housing facilities,” he noted.

Since the beginning of the administration, President Joko Widodo has imposed a moratorium on the construction of a new ministry or institution building and the procurement of new land for new institutions or agencies, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said.

Anung stated that agencies that currently have no land are required to use state-owned lands.

Infrastructure for other state interests, including the fields of education, public facilities, and the handling of terrorism and drugs, needs to go through a rigorous study.

Source: Antara News