Pa­lyja an­a­lyzes pri­va­ti­za­tion ter­mi­na­tion

The Jakarta Post - - CITY -

JAKARTA: Pri­vate wa­ter op­er­a­tor PT PAM Ly­on­naise Jaya (Pa­lyja) said on Fri­day that the firm re­spected the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate wa­ter pri­va­ti­za­tion in the cap­i­tal.

The court ap­proved on Tues­day a cas­sa­tion ap­peal filed by the Coali­tion of Jakarta Res­i­dents Op­pos­ing Wa­ter Pri­va­ti­za­tion (KMMSAJ) and an­nulled a ver­dict is­sued by the Jakarta High Court that granted the gov­ern­ment’s ap­peal to con­tinue pri­va­ti­za­tion un­der a co­op­er­a­tion be­tween city-owned wa­ter op­er­a­tor PT PAM Jaya and its two part­ners — Pa­lyja and PT Ae­tra Air Jakarta (Ae­tra).

Pa­lyja spokesper­son Ly­dia Astrin­ing­woro said the com­pany would re­view the de­ci­sion while wait­ing for an of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tion. She said Pa­lyja be­lieved the court’s de­ci­sion would pro­vide le­gal cer­tainty for in­vestors in In­done­sia. “We are work­ing closely with PAM Jaya, as our part­ner, to study the con­se­quences of the de­ci­sion and our ac­tions there­after,” she said in an of­fi­cial state­ment.

The court ver­dict said PAM Jaya was not per­mit­ted to seek new pri­vate part­ners to handle tap wa­ter op­er­a­tions in the city and that it would have to pro­duce and dis­trib­ute clean wa­ter on its own af­ter the pri­va­ti­za­tion deal ended in 2023. — JP

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