Soekarno-Hatta Airport Runway 3 Dispute; BPN: Just Kill Me

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Tangerang Regency National Land Agency (BPN) refused to issue recommendations for the payment of lands that will be used to build Soekarno-Hatta Airport's Runway 3 on. There is an ongoing dispute between residents of the area and a man named Sianturi over the land's ownership.

    "If this is the condition, I can only give a short answer: just kill me," BPN Tangerang's Head of the Land Procurement Section, Sugiyadi, told Tempo on Wednesday, July 3.

    According to Sugiyadi, BPN could not interfere with the consignment process currently being handled by the Tangerang District Court. This land dispute will only be resolved if the two disputants settled out of court, or wait for the court's ruling.

    Sugiyadi's statement was a response to the demands of hundreds of residents of Rawa Rengas village, Teluknaga sub-district, whose homes were demolished for the purpose of providing land for Soekarno-Hatta Airport's Runway 3. The villagers are demanding BPN Tangerang to issue a recommendation to disburse the compensation money for their lands and building.

    Rengas' neighborhood coordinator Wawan Setiawan said BPN can issue the recommendation based on the results of a meeting between and chairman of the Tangerang District Court, Muhammad Damis, on 1 July.

    However, Sugiyadi said he had not received information or a copy of the letter from the Tangerang District Court about the results of the meeting.

    According to Sugiyadi, the land dispute started when the acquisition committee inventoried and validated the land and buildings' documents. 

    At the time, Sianturi took claim over 63 plots of land that was later discovered to belong to 146 families at RW 15. "Sianturi based his claims to a land deed from 1973," Sugiyadi said.

    The committee then gave time for the residents and Sianturi to settle the problem, "but there had been no agreement, and we eventually decided on a consignment," he said. 

    Now, he said, the land dispute is no longer the problem of BPN, the District Court, Angkasa Pura II, nor the government.

    "It's all up to the disputing parties now. If you want your money fast—settle."

    Joniansyah (Contributor)