The Jakarta Post
National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) chief Bambang Brodjonegoro has called for an expansion of the distance between the coastline and islet G in Jakarta Bay to ensure that the reclamation project will not disrupt shipping.
“To accommodate bigger interests, islet G should be changed,” Bambang said as reported by kompas.com on Thursday.
The distance between islet G and the coast should be expanded to 500 meters from the current 300 meters, said Bambang, adding that additional space was needed to help ships move more easily.
(Read also: Reclamation of islet G cannot resume yet: Minister)
He said the proposal was made after his institution studied the condition of Jakarta Bay in North Jakarta after part of it was reclaimed. He said Bappenas had also considered sedimentation in the area between islet G and the coast.
Bambang would not comment on whether islet G had affected pipes owned by state-owned energy company PT Pertamina located in the reclamation area, saying only that technical solutions may help to solve the problem.
Bappenas had focused its attention on the impacts of reclamation on shipping lines in Jakarta Bay, Bambang added.
The government stopped islet G’s construction by PT Muara Wisesa Samudra, a subsidiary of developer PT Agung Podomoro Land, in July 2016 because of overlapping regulations. The project was also considered to have endangered the environment, vital projects and shipping lines.
The government later opened up the possibility of continuing the project by appointing several institutions to study the matter. (bbn)
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