Surabaya City Government Accelerates Relocation of Residents of Ex-Village 1001 Nights Surabaya City Government has accelerated the relocation of the residents of Kampung 1001 Malam to rusunawa. Monday (17/10) to Tuesday (18/10), dozens of families of victims of the eviction under the Dupak toll bridge have occupied units in Sumur Welut Rusunawa.

Head of Social Service (Dinsos) Surabaya Anna Fajriatin explained that the process of relocating residents to Sumur Welut Flats was only carried out today (19/10). While waiting, they stayed at the shelter in Krembangan District. However, to speed up the implementation, the relocation began on Monday (17/10).

Anna said that currently all residents of the former 1001 Malam Village, precisely the settlements under the Dupak toll bridge, have occupied their respective units. “The number that moved in the first phase was 20 families. And the relocation for hundreds of other families will soon take place. Waiting for the demolition to be completed,” said Anna yesterday (18/10).

While waiting for them to finish tidying up the furniture in their house, at the same time, they are recording the talents of the residents. These skills will be taken into consideration in conducting community development. For example, providing job opportunities. These include sewing, producing paving blocks, and becoming an entrepreneur.

Training is coming soon. Thus, the achievement of economic recovery can occur.

Coordinator of 1001 Village Community, Malam Purwanti, said that after the demolition, officers were cleaning materials under the Dupak toll bridge. As a resident representative, Purwanti refuses to completely demolish the 1001 Malam settlement.

He explained, the people of Kampung 1001 Malam have made significant progress. Most of the residents no longer work as buskers or beggars. As a measure of economic recovery, residents have started to enter the MSME sector.

A variety of food and craft products are also produced. For example, spinach chips, rengginang, bitter melon chips, various pastries, pillowcases, decorative lights, and hydroponic cultivation. Besides being marketed directly, all products are sold online.

“The residents of Kampung 1001 Malam on the side of the toll road and under the toll bridge are very different. There (under the bridge) the majority of residents work as buskers or beggars. However, not for the residents here. Most of them are now self-employed or work as employees and factory workers,” said Purwanti.

Because of that, the residents refused to be moved. Instead of relocating, according to him, the city government is more appropriate to provide training to develop people’s talents.