MRT land acquisition faced many obstacles

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BANDUNG, SBM ITB —Many obstacles were faced along the way of land acquisition for Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). The obstacles consisted of rejection from landowners dan civilians. 

The Construction Director of PT MRT Jakarta Silvia Halim said, she faced the hardest obstacles when organizng land acquisition for the  Lebak Bulus to Senayan track. The problems of land acquisition even affected other activities, such as the cost and schedule of the project.

The land status of the MRT project was very diverse. Some plots belonged to the owners, while others belonged to the government. Land acquisition of the two different land statuses faced many obstacles. Thus, PT MRT Jakarta must continuously carry-out different approaches to the owners.

“Even until now, there are some land plots which haven’t successfully acquired,” Silvia stated at the online seminar “Land Provision in Real Estate and Property Development” which was held by ITB School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development and ITB School of Business and Management, Saturday (30/1/2021).

Another obstacle was the regulation that continuously changed. The first regulation was Presidential Decree Number 36 of 2005. That regulation was used as the basis of land acquisition from 2009 until 2015.

Then another regulation came up. It was Law Number 2 of 2012 that became a reference for land acquisition from 2015 to 2016. The changing regulations raised some  problems. Not every official dared to make any decision regarding that new law. 

Robbyson Halim from the Robbyson Halim Notary office stated that the obstacles facing land acquisition were how to reach an agreement with the participants, and how to deal with the costs dan locations

SAPPK ITB Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, Aswin Indraprastha said, there were two different ways of land acquisition: land consolidation and conversion right. Land consolidation is carried-out by altering the vacant land into structures. While conversion right is used for reconstructing a building.