Sat, 29 Mar 2003

Public facilities transfer delayed

TANGERANG: Many developers, especially those that have built low-cost housing complexes in Tangerang regency, have not transferred land that is to be provided for public facilities to the regency administration.

So far, the administration has not taken any action to push housing developers to submit 30 percent of their total land as required by a regulation for building public facilities.

In many cases, the administration has refused to accept the land from other developers, saying that the cost of maintaining the property would be a burden for them.

In one example, the administration refused to accept a park and street lights in the Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) housing estate despite an offer from developer PT BSD.

"We cannot afford the maintenance cost (of the public facilities) as we don't have any money," Nanang Komara, the chief of the regency building management and zoning agency, said on Wednesday.

He added that the administration would only accept the land from housing developers if residents demanded that the administration provide public facilities, such as schools, places of worship, public cemeteries or sport centers.--JP