Kadin proposes special court to handle land disputes
Erwida Maulia. The Jakarta Post, Jakarta - 16/06/2011
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has proposed the establishment of a special court to handle land disputes so as to shorten land acquisition procedures.
Kadin chairman Suryo B. Sulisto read out the proposal during a hearing with the House of Representatives' special committee on the bill on land procurement for development in Jakarta on Thursday.
"This bill opens an opportunity for people who reject the compensation offered to take the case to the local district court, which in a timely manner could hopefully issue a final and binding verdict, which would serve as both first-level and final verdict.
"Thus we need to consider the establishment of a special court to deal with land disputes," Suryo said before members of the legislative committee.
He also proposed the establishment of a special agency exclusively tasked with acquiring land to support development plans, both at the central and regional level.
The bill on land procurement for development was initiated in late 2010 to ease land acquisition procedures, with land disputes often hampering development projects.
The House is expected to complete the deliberations of the bill by the end of the year.