But the Medan Merdeka Area Development Steering Committee, which presided over the decision, has now reversed its position.
State secretary Pratikno chairs the MMADS committee and issued a letter addressed to Anies Baswedan, the governor of DKI Jakarta, confirming the approval of plans.
, Setya Utama – secretary to the secretary of state – said: “In the letter, the steering committee approves of the Formula E race being held in Taman Medan Merdeka, in compliance with statutory regulations.”
The Jakarta E-Prix joined the FE calendar on a five-year deal, but its position was placed in jeopardy due to fears concerning the extent of modifications to the Monas venue.
Chiefly, the addition of new asphalt was said to “pose a risk” to a landmark of such historical and cultural value.
These include “the construction of spectator stands and other facilities in accordance with statutory regulations… on cultural heritage”.
Organisers of the event must also preserve the cleanliness of the venue, the vegetation and security of the Medan Merdeka area.
There must also be coordination with local agencies to avoid changes to the “function of the area as a cultural heritage site” and to prevent damages to the environment.
If FE can retain the race in Jakarta, it helps bolster the presence of Asian destinations on the championship’s calendar.
After the opening two races in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia – and with both China and Indonesia in doubt – the only other venue on the continent was set to be Seoul.
The event in South Korea’s capital city is scheduled for 3 May, directly preceding Jakarta.