Friday, October 27, 2017

Issue Number: 529

Supreme Court Decision No. 31 K/Pdt/2017: The End of the Road for Water Privatization in Jakarta?XX

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Overview It has been almost two decades since the management and distribution of clean and drinking water within the Special Capital Region of Jakarta (“DKI Jakarta”) was granted to two private companies, specifically:  PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (“Palyja”) and PT Aetra Air Jakarta (“Aetra”). Both of these companies were fully authorized by Perusahaan Air Minum Jaya (“PAM Jaya”), a regionally owned water-supply enterprise, to operate within the realms of water provision in DKI Jakarta.   Unfortunately though, many of the capital’s citizens were unsatisfied with the poor quality of water within DKI Jakarta and eventually, in 2012, twelve of the capital’s citizens filed a Citizen Lawsuit against the state organizers, as well as Palyja and Aetra (this case will subsequently be referred to as the “PAM Jaya Case”)....
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