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Jakarta Post

Help on the way to dredge city waterways

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 15 2008   /  11:04 am

The Netherlands is sending two heavy dredging machines to Jakarta in order to help the city tackle flooding. Team leader of the Dutch Assistance Jakarta Flood Management Pilot Dredging Project, Peter Vroege, said the equipment would be used for two narrow and shallow waterways, the Mati and Pademangan canals in North Jakarta. The city administration expects to dredge between 20,000 and 30,000 cubic meters of mud from Mati and Pademangan canals. Mati canal is 2,000 meters long and 12 meters wide, while Pademangan is 2,000 meters long and 2-3 meters wide. Vroege said his team would operate the dredging equipment, dubbed floating bulldozers, for three months, from Nov. 24 to February, before giving them to the city administration. "We will train the officers at the public works agency so they will be able to operate the equipment on other waterways," ...