The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno has called on the flood-affected residents of Bidara Cina in East Jakarta to hand over their lands to the city administration to help move forward with a flood mitigation project.
“The residents should not be selfish, because the project could bring a positive impact to the city,” Sandiaga said at City Hall on Friday, adding that he would approach the residents and try to persuade them.
The project involves drilling a tunnel that would connect the Ciliwung River to the East Flood Canal, which would ease the severe flooding that occasionally occurred in Bidara Cina.
The severe inundation that hit the capital in the past week has caused thousands of Jakarta residents, particularly those in East and South Jakarta, to move temporarily to evacuation shelters. Over 500 Bidara Cina residents have moved to the camps.
In 2015, the Bidara Cina residents whose lands were affected by the flood mitigation project filed a lawsuit against Gubernatorial Decree No. 2779/2015 that expanded the project.
The residents won their legal battle the following year, when the Jakarta State Administrative Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, citing a lack of good administrative principles as one of the reasons for the ruling. (vny)