JAKARTA - The Commission D of the Regional Representative Council of DKI Jakarta supports the Jakarta Provincial Government's Plan to revitalize Ragunan Wildlife Park (TMR) in 2020.
Chairman of the Commission D of the Jakarta Regional People's Representative Council, Iman Satria, said that the current condition of the TMR does require additional supporting facilities and infrastructure.
"As one of the tourist icons in the capital, the condition of Ragunan Wildlife Park does need to be beautified. I support the revitalization plan," said Iman, Wednesday (3/4).
Faith revealed, the Regional House of Representatives of the capital city had reviewed the condition of Ragunan Wildlife Park. From the results of the review, the legislature asked the Forest Service to submit a concept of revitalization design.
The council, continued Iman, wanted revitalization to maximize the land area with a modern and natural concept like Safari Park. The goal, he said, was quoted as saying in Jakarta, so that the visiting community felt comfortable, satisfied and proud of Ragunan Wildlife Park.
"Attractions besides refreshing places are also places of education for children. Commission D supports the revitalization of TMR," he said.
The DKI Jakarta provincial government plans to revitalize Ragunan Wildlife Park in South Jakarta. The revitalization concept was announced to the public.
Head of Jakarta City Government Tourism and Culture Office, Edy Junaedi, said the competition was held to invite citizens to be involved in the development of Jakarta. Contest ideas like this have been done in the National Monument Area and Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM).
"So the collaboration involves the community in every city development activity, including in determining the design and place of tourism, it also involves the community, this is not the first. Previously National Monumen , TIM, this is the third," Edy said when met in Jakarta City Hall. Thursday (28/3).
The plan, Ragunan will be overhauled as a whole to be more modern and present. The revitalization work is targeted to begin next year by PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) Regional Owned Enterprises (BUMD).
"So the background is the need. The design needs that are now very out of date are lagging behind. The design (design) this year. It is gradual, so it will be done next year," Edy said.
About Ragunan Wildlife Park, originated from the kindness of Raden Saleh, the most famous painter in Indonesia who donated 10 hectares (ha) of his land on Jalan Cikini Raya to an animal show.
The land was donated to a loving flora and fauna association called "Culture Vereniging Planten en Direntuin at Batavia". With the name "Planten en Direntuin", the wildlife park was inaugurated on September 19, 1864.
Four years after independence, Cikini is considered no longer suitable for accommodating animals. Since then, it has begun to be built by the Preparatory Agency for the Construction of the Zoo.
The goal is to move the zoo in Cikini to Ragunan, Pasar Minggu. Until finally, by bringing more than 450 animals from Cikini, Ragunan Wildlife Park was officially opened on June 22, 1966 by Governor Ali Sadikin. On Saturday, September 20, 2014, during its 150th birthday celebration, Ragunan Wildlife Park inaugurated the bust of its founder, Raden Saleh. (Leo Wisnu Susapto)