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Jakarta Post

Cemetery needed to prevent flooding

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 6 2009   /  10:59 am

The city administration’s plan to relocate thousands of graves from Menteng Pulo Cemetery in South Jakarta to build a road will cause a reduction of the capital’s green areas, says an urban expert. Urban development observer Nirwono Joga said the cemetery was a vital asset for flood prevention.  
“The city administration is not being consistent with its plan to expand the city’s green areas, which can absorb rainwater and help prevent flooding,” Nirwono told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.
“[The administration] should think about handling annual floods instead of building another road.
“Roads tend to encourage people to use cars, therefore adding to air pollution.”
The city parks and burial agency is relocating 3,570 graves to build a road to connect Jl. HR. Rasuna Said and Jl. Casablanca in South Jakarta.