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Jakarta Post

Cheaper solution for subsidence offered

  • Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 20 2016   /  08:53 am

Scientists from reputable universities and Dutch consultant Deltares have offered a cheaper alternative to the proposal to mitigate tidal flooding in subsiding Jakarta by building a seawall, called the Great Garuda, to close off Jakarta Bay and costing Indonesia US$20.3 billion in public-private partnerships over 15 years.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed his administration to continue with the seawall project, also called the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) project. He believes that the Great Garuda is the answer to Jakarta’s subsidence problem. “The development of the north coast of Jakarta, the NCICD, which was proposed a long time ago, is the answer for Jakarta,” Jokowi said in April, about a week after visiting the European Union, including the Netherlands.

Along with the NCICD, the central government says the controversia...