The Jakarta Post
The research report on the environmental, social and economic effects of the Northern Jakarta reclamation project should be made open to the public as the project threatens fishermen and other people in Jakarta, an environmental lawyer and plaintiff in the case said during the hearing session on the Central Information Commission (KIP) in Jakarta on Thursday.
"It is not only about the fishermen who live in North Jakarta, but also about people who live across Jakarta," plaintiff Rayhan Dudayev said.
Earlier reports said the reclamation project in Northern Jakarta would affect the catches of fishermen and increase their fuel expenses. The project would also do nothing to help prevent land subsidence, which has threatened the land of Jakarta for many years.
Rayhan was in the hearing session because he filed a request last October, demanding to see the full report of research done by a special committee formed by the government comprising several ministries. The government rejected his demand last September and gave him documents of recommendations instead.
KIP commissioner Evy Trisulo Dianasari became the head of the panel of judges during the first hearing session. The agenda was to hear the chronology of the plaintiff's requests.
The government's legal representation team was not able to comment on the session because they could not show the assignment letter from the minister as required by the court.
The next hearing session is scheduled for Feb. 24 with a possibility to be rescheduled as "the commission has to deal with another case next week," Evy said. (kkk)
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