Despite protests from fishermen and environmentalists, the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry and the Jakarta administration have resumed the construction of a sea wall along the northern part of Jakarta Bay.
The ministry’s head of the Ciliwung-Cisadane Flood Control Office (BBWSCC), T. Iskandar, said the project, part of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD), is currently in the second phase and more than half of the construction target has been met.
“The total progress in the construction is 56.14 percent, with total completed construction of 2,689 meters from a total of 4,500 meters,” said Iskandar on Friday as quoted by tribunnews.com.
He elaborated that the progress included the 1,317 meter wall in Muara Baru subdistrict, North Jakarta, and the construction of a 1,372 meter wall in Kali Baru subdistrict, also in North Jakarta.
Initiated by the central government, the NCICD is a project to build a beach wall to prevent worsening floods in Jakarta.
Critics of the project say the project, also known as the giant sea wall, will close off access for fishermen and take away their livelihoods.
In 2014, the government completed construction of an embankment in Pluit.
Iskandar said the government was still working with the Jakarta administration to clear more land along the capital’s northern beaches to make way for the project.
He also said the central government is being supported by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and South Korea’s Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) with technical assistance and funding. (wit)