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The Number of Spectators of Formula E is curtailed by 80,000 people, PSI: We have been lied to as a group

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Deputy Chairperson of Commission E for Welfare at the DKI Jakarta DPRD, Anggara Wicitra Sastroamidjojo, feels cheated because the target audience for Formula E is only 10 thousand people.

According to him, this number is far below the estimate of PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) that the audience will reach 90 thousand people.

“We were lied to as a congregation,” he said when contacted, Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Previously, the Vice President of Infrastructure and General Affairs of Formula E, Irawan Sucahyono, said that the capacity of Formula E spectator seats reached 10 thousand. According to him, this number could increase again after reviewing the Formula E Operation (FEO).

PT Jakpro previously submitted a 2020 regional capital participation (PMD) proposal worth IDR 767 billion. The proposal contains the assumption that the number of viewers will reach 90 thousand people.

Therefore, the Formula E event is estimated to contribute Rp 536 billion in revenue. The details are Rp 120 billion, sourced from 90 thousand spectators who buy food and drink, local transportation, accommodation, and other tourism sectors. Then sponsorship funding is projected to reach Rp 416 billion.

Aerial photo of the progress of the construction of the Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit (JIEC) in the Taman Impian Jaya Ancol area, Jakarta, Friday, March 25, 2022. The circuit has a 2,400 meter long track consisting of 18 bends and a straight track length of about 527 meters. This project has reached 87.9 percent and is targeted for completion in early April 2022. TEMPO / Hilman Fathurrahman W

Anggara said Jakpro should revise the feasibility study which is then used as the basis for submitting the proposal. This revision is also to implement the recommendations of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) which are listed in the results of the 2019 DKI government financial report audit.

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However, the PSI politician continued, the DKI government failed to pay the commitment fee, aka the Formula E commitment fee in 2019 and 2020. The DKI DPRD at that time also approved the granting of a commitment fee of Rp 560.31 billion.

The commitment fee for a racing event in 2020 is IDR 360 billion. While the rest will be used to pay the commitment fee for Phase 1 of IDR 200 billion for the implementation of Formula E in 2021.

However, the provisions for the value of the commitment fee have changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The total commitment fee of Rp 560.31 billion was suddenly cut short. So, Rp 560.31 billion is used for the commitment costs of implementing Formula E in Jakarta until 2024.

“So what was discounted was not only the commitment fee. The number of target audiences was also discounted,” said Anggara.

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