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Jakarta administration allocates Rp 709b for flood mitigation projects

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 21, 2017   /  10:51 am
Jakarta administration allocates Rp 709b for flood mitigation projects Floods inundate a residential area in Cipinang Melayu, Jakarta, on Monday. (Antara/Rosa Panggabean)

The Jakarta administration has allocated Rp 709 billion (US$53 million) to fund various projects that will mitigate the city’s annual flooding.

The fund will be used, among other things, to widen rivers and water reservoirs, Jakarta Water Management Agency chairman Teguh Hendrawan said on Monday.

Teguh said the administration would use around Rp 200 billion to widen rivers and around Rp 400 billion to widen water reservoirs.

“The total amount of the fund does not cover the money needed to acquire 15 hectares of land in Ciawi,” he said as quoted by wartakotalive.com.

(Read also: BNPB advises Jakarta to brace for floods)

The city administration is putting in a lot of effort to prevent floods from engulfing the city during the rainy season every year.

Teguh said land acquisition was a problem for the ongoing project to widen rivers because many residents living on riverbanks objected the administration’s plan to relocate them.

The administration is also planning to add more infiltration wells.

“We are adding more wells in South Jakarta and East Jakarta this year. Altogether, we will build roughly 1,000 of them. We put them in the flood-prone areas,” Teguh said. (saf/wit)

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