Problems related to land acquisition have halted the development of a 2 x 1,000 megawatt steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) in Batang, Central Java, that was initiated some two and a half years ago.
The Rp 35 trillion (US$2.9 billion) project needs a total of 226 hectares of land in three subdistricts of Ponowareng, Ujungnegoro and Karanggeneng, but some 15 percent has not yet been acquired due to objections from locals.
“The people’s concerns are more about their occupations. They are farmers. They are afraid they will find it difficult to earn a living from other jobs that they have never mastered if they no longer have fields to cultivate,” Ponowareng subdistrict head Darsini said on Friday.