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Jakarta covers up smelly ‘Black River’ for Asian Games

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 21 2018   /  12:24 am
Going clean: A Jakarta Sanitation Agency worker removes waste from a polluted river in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Friday. The Jakarta administration has covered the river, which runs next to the Kemayoran athletes village with a black net to contain the strong odor. (JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Going clean: A Jakarta Sanitation Agency worker removes waste from a polluted river in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Friday. The Jakarta administration has covered the river, which runs next to the Kemayoran athletes village with a black net to contain the strong odor. (JP/Seto Wardhana)The Jakarta administration has decided to cover the murky Sentiong River, nicknamed Black River, with a giant black nylon net amid concerns it would be an eyesore and too smelly for foreign athletes during the Asian Games in August.

According to Jakarta Water Resources Agency official Supriyono, the river has to be covered up as it is located on the way to the newly built athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.

“We covered it, so that the dark, polluted water will be hidden from the view of international athletes,” he said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday, adding that the e...