Contractor Claims Hambalang Buildings Demolished, Not Collapsed
The contractor of the graft-ridden Hambalang sport center in Bogor, Adhi Karya, claims that two of the buildings that collapsed last week were actually demolished.
“The one-story buildings, which did not even have their roofs yet, were purposely demolished,” Dardi Gunawan, engineer of Adhi Karya said.
Two buildings at the Hambalang complex, as well as a power house and an indoor field, were reported collapsed due to ground movement after heavy rain.
But Dardi said Adhi Karya decided to demolish the buildings for safety reasons — Dardi said that in Dec. 2011, the road in front of the two buildings
in question cracked, causing the terrace in front of the buildings to tilt.
“All activities had been terminated as we were waiting for an investigation of the tilted ground,” he said, adding that there is a joint investigation by the insurance company and the contractor.
However, a construction worker who declined to give his name told tempo.co that the buildings were not demolished, but had in fact collapsed on Thursday night after heavy rain.
Secretary of Youth and Sport Affairs Ministry Yuli Mumpuni said on Wednesday that the contractor had spent 50 percent of the total budget for the Hambalang project, or Rp 536 billion ($56 million).
According to Lalu Wildan, deputy for harmonization and partnership to the Youth and Sport Affairs Ministry, no state money was spent on the Hambalang project.
“It is still the domain of the contractor,” Lalu said. “The construction is covered by insurance.”
The Hambalang sports complex construction project has been under the spotlight since graft convict Muhammad Nazaruddin alleged Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum and the Youth and Sport Affairs Ministry received a kickback from Adhi Karya.
Adhi Karya subcontracted the much of the construction to Dutasari Citralaras where Anas’ wife, Attiyah Laila, was the commissioner.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Supreme Audit Agency are investigating the graft case.