The Jakarta Post
The controversial giant black nylon net covering the Sentiong River, nicknamed Kali Item (black river), next to the Asian Games athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, will remain in place until a long-term solution is found, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said.
“Just because the Asian Games are over, it doesn’t mean the net will be removed. We are seeking a permanent solution [to clean] the water. So as long as the net is useful, it will remain there,” he said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
Anies said the foul smell produced by the blackish water was a problem that affected nearly all rivers across the capital, and was largely caused by untreated household waste. Thus a major overhaul is needed to tackle the issue.
“Without good waste treatment at houses, it will be useless to clean the water downstream. It might look good and neat but the core problem remains,” he said, adding that a proposal had been made to allocate a larger portion of the city's budget to water treatment.
The notorious river gained international attention in the lead up to the Games because of its proximity to the athletes village, where thousands of athletes from across the continent stayed during the two-week Asiad that ended on Sunday. (fac)