...we will provide subsidy on transportation sector to help the community in the midst of rising (subsidized) fuel prices.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy Governor of Jakarta Ahmad Riza Patria said that the provincial government would disburse fuel subsidy on transportation sector worth Rp4.8 billion for the operational of crossing ships to the Kepulauan Seribu District, North Jakarta.

He made the statement while attending the Cash Free Day, a micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) fair held by Jakarta regional-owned bank Bank DKI, at Thamrin 10, Central Jakarta, on Sunday.

The subsidy will be given in concurrently with a fuel subsidy of Rp62.5 billion to regional-owned transportation enterprise TransJakarta.

"Thus, Insya Allah (God willing), we will provide subsidy on transportation sector to help the community in the midst of rising (subsidized) fuel prices," he said.

With the assistance, the tariff of the ships to Kepulauan Seribu s District and the TransJakarta’s public transports will not increase.

However, the urban public transports (locally called ‘angkot’) which have not been integrated with TransJakarta’s JakLingko will not receive the subsidy. As a result, their fares will be adjusted to the rising subsidized fuel prices.

Still, the government will discuss the plan to also provide assistance for angkot.

According to Head of the Jakarta Land Transport Organization (Organda) Shafruhan Sinungan, the number of angkot which have not been integrated with JakLingko has reached around 4,500 units – out of the total of 6,600 angkot.

Meanwhile, the remaining 2,100 units have been integrated with JakLingko under the name of Mikrotrans.

Head of Jakarta Provincial Transportation Office Syafrin Liputo noted earlier that the proposed increase in the regular public transport fare was Rp1,000, making the tariff become Rp6,000.

The proposal for the tariff increase was submitted by Jakarta Transportation Council (DTKJ) to the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan through Jakarta Provincial Transportation Office.

"They (the council) have had discussions as well as plenary meetings and the decision on the proposal will be determined by the governor later," Liputo said.

He has targeted that the decision regarding the increase in the tariff for regular public transportation will be signed by the governor this week.

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