With Budget Finished, Jakarta Governor Joko Pushes for Action
Deti Mega Purnamasari
With passage of the delayed 2013 Jakarta regional budget, Governor Joko Widodo is determined to speed up implementation of the city’s programs by instructing all regional working units to start conducting project auctions.
Joko promised to immediately carry out programs related to overcoming the capital’s flood and traffic problems, issues he has designated as top priorities.
Still, according to law, Joko must put the biggest slice of the Rp 49.9 trillion ($5.2 billion) budget toward education.
“Priorities do not always have to be associated with the budget. Please note that the monorail [project] will not be using the regional budget. The MRT [mass rapid transit] will also not use the regional budget, but [will instead be funded via] a loan from Japan,” he explained.
Joko said his administration was also prioritizing transparency in use of the regional budget, adding that it would print posters with information about the budget to be placed in every ward office and posted on the administration’s official website.
“We are already transparent. We will disclose it on the web in detail. The posters will be ready in a week’s time,” he said.
With regard to progress on the monorail project, Joko said he was still waiting for Jakarta Monorail to submit all necessary documents related to the project.
“Go and push Monorail [JM], not me. I keep on saying it. I haven’t received the documents, so what can I do?
“Why not ask JM why it has still not submitted the documents,” Joko said, adding that he would immediately make a decision about the project once he received the documents.
“So please, let there be no perception that I was being slow. I don’t want that. I’m still waiting.”
Joko said he had given Jakarta Monorail a deadline and if the company failed to meet it, he would immediately replace the firm with a new one.
The city administration has also embarked on a plan to relocate all roadside food vendors scattered across the city to 23 centralized locations, as part of measures to ease traffic flow in the capital and bring some order to the informal sector.