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City says Rp 110 million lost due to fuel-price rally

Jakarta Post - April 4, 2012

Jakarta – The city administration says it recorded Rp 110 million (US$12,000) in losses during the massive rallies against the government's plan to raise subsidized fuel prices on Friday.

The head of the city's economics office, Adi Ardiantara, said that the largest contribution to the loss was the early closure of Transjakarta busway along Corridor 9 linking Pinang Ranti and Pluit, North Jakarta.

"Usually, Corridor 9 operates until 11 p.m. But on Friday, it only operated until 1 p.m.," Adi said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.

The Transjakarta Management Authority (BLU) said ridership was down by 25,000 passengers on Friday, causing losses of Rp 87 million. Two Transjakarta bus shelters were also damaged by protestors, adding to the loss.

Adi said that Jakarta also lost money due to damages to traffic signs, sidewalk flower pots and damaged fences at the House of Representative and on highways.