Squatters Demonstrate Over Access to Water and Electricity

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BATAM, KOMPAS.com
May 17, 2010

Squatters Demonstrate Over Access to Water and Electricity

Hundreds of squatters, including women and children, protested at the Otorita Batam (Batam Authority) offices on Monday.

They demanded that the body, which has full authority over the management of Batam Island, provide access to water and electricity.

The residents of the Balai Kolam area gave speeches and eventually 10 representatives were received by the Head of Public Relations for the Batam Authority Dwi Djoko Wiwoho.

Dwi stated the the legality of land must be considered when allocating permits for water and electricity. This means squatter areas are not often permitted access.

Thousands of illegal residents in the area do not have access to water and electricity. Water purchased from traders costs IDR 10,000 per drum which is neary equal to the price of water for industry.

Electricity obtained from generators provided by local businessmen run from 18:00 until 06:00 and cost Rp 200,000 per month.

"We demand that the OB (Otoritas Batam) give access to water and electricity throughout Batam, including squatter areas," said Representative Uba InGaN Sigalingging.

Original Article HERE

BATAM, KOMPAS.com <br /> May 17, 2010 <br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">Squatters Demonstrate Over Access to Water and Electricity</span><br /> <br /> Hundreds of squatters, including women and children, protested at the Otorita Batam (Batam Authority) offices on Monday.<br /> <br /> They demanded that the body, which has full authority over the management of Batam Island, provide access to water and electricity. <br /> <br /> The residents of the Balai Kolam area gave speeches and eventually 10 representatives were received by the Head of Public Relations for the Batam Authority Dwi Djoko Wiwoho. <br /> <br /> Dwi stated the the legality of land must be considered when allocating permits for water and electricity. This means squatter areas are not often permitted access.<br /> <br /> Thousands of illegal residents in the area do not have access to water and electricity. Water purchased from traders costs IDR 10,000 per drum which is neary equal to the price of water for industry.<br /> <br /> Electricity obtained from generators provided by local businessmen run from 18:00 until 06:00 and cost Rp 200,000 per month. <br /> <br /> &quot;We demand that the OB (Otoritas Batam) give access to water and electricity throughout Batam, including squatter areas,&quot; said Representative Uba InGaN Sigalingging.<br /> <br /> Original Article <a href="http://regional.kompas.com/read/2010/05/17/14044751/Otorita.Batam.Didemo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HERE</a> <br /> <br />
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