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Jakarta Post

Govt cancels Great Garuda seawall

  • Agnes Anya and Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 11 2017   /  12:13 am

Jakarta was once said to be following in the footsteps of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a planned island group in its bay — but not anymore.

While Dubai has Palm Islands, Jakarta planned to have the Great Garuda that was claimed to be mitigation measures for land subsidence in the capital that reaches an average of 7 centimeters per year.

Apart from the man-made islets, the Great Garuda would also have consisted of seawalls, which were designed to resemble Garuda — a mythological bird and Indonesia’s emblem.

However, the project had been scrapped and will be replaced with “minimalist” mitigation alternatives, said Adang Saf Ahmad, a special staff on development integration to the Public Works and Public Housing Minister.

The mitigation project, officially called the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD), is the responsibility of...