Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says he hopes that the construction of a giant sea wall in North Jakarta can start soon.
The city administration is currently discussing technical, economical and environmental aspects.
“Whether we want it or not, the construction of a giant sea wall is necessary because Jakarta’s land has subsided slowly and of course we don’t want to be below sea level,” Jokowi said on Monday at City Hall.
“It’d better be this year [starting with discussions on the project].”
Jokowi said the construction of the 32-kilometer giant sea wall would cost up to Rp 100 trillion (US$10.4 billion) and take years to complete.
The City Council approved the 2013 city budget at Rp 49.97 trillion last month.
He said many investors had expressed their interest in joining the project, which was initiated during the term of Jokowi’s predecessor Fauzi Bowo.
The Public Works Agency aims to start the giant sea wall project in 2016, with its construction to involve the Public Works Ministry and the National Development Planning Agency.