The Jakarta Post
Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said on Thursday the government would finish the construction of a 20-kilometer seawall in the northern part of Jakarta this year as part of the effort to protect the capital city from high tides and land subsidence.
“I was tasked with finishing the seawall project,” said Basuki, after meeting with Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, adding that currently 4.5 km of the seawall had been constructed at Muara Kamal, Pluit and Muara Baru.
The minister said the critical areas would be prioritized in their construction. “All the existing points will be connected to become a 20-km seawall along the Jakarta coastal line,” he said.
He said his ministry was tasked with finishing the feasibility study of the project. Basuki, National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro and Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya on Thursday visited Luhut’s office to discuss the project.
The seawall construction is part of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) plan.
Apart from referring to the seawall construction plan, the NCICD also refers to the controversial reclamation project in Jakarta Bay, which has been suspended, pending the revision of environmental documents and taking into account its social impact.
Meanwhile, Bambang stressed that the seawall needed to be immediately constructed, particularly in the critical areas to combat land subsidence.
“For the critical areas, the seawall should be immediately constructed. There is no other reason [to delay it],” Bambang said as reported by tempo.co. (bbn)