As Jakarta recovers from the worst blackout in 17 years there are Law suites starting to be filed against state owned PLN. Meanwhile here in Batam with generators always ready. It has become a normal part of life to be ready for the scheduled power outages. Sometimes as few as 1 time a week or as much as 5 times a week. The scheduled outages can last anywhere from 1 to 4 hours at a time. Batam Center seems to be the most affected area. Coupled with ongoing road works all around Batam Center and construction of shopping centers, hotels, apartments and such, this makes it even worse. The already strained traffic system gets a real test of people’s patience during the power outages. Especially in the major areas of business.
Major blackout affects millions in Java. Lawsuits are now piling up against PLN
Batam has an estimated population of 1.1 to 1.2 million people spread across the island. This is A trivial number compared to the 17 million affected in jakarta but is by no means a laughing matter. We pay our utilities and complain online through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other various online social media outlets to no avail. To my knowledge in the past 14 years since I have been living here we have never received any compensation or reduction of billing on our electricity for the continuous scheduled power outages.
There are 2 things in my opinion that have always lacked serious attention in Batam. First of course is the Electricity infrastructure and second is the Rubbish. Both of these have not changed since I have been here and both are in dire need of serious attention.
Despite these issues with Batam I still love it here and I hope one day soon to become a citizen of indonesia.
“This article is my view on Batam. Information and details obtained from online sources and my own experiences”
Max Dean aka Bule Gila