To prevent flooding at Tanah Kusir Cemetery in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, the Jakarta Forestry Agency has announced its plans to elevate the land level of designated sections with fill soil.
Families of those buried at the cemetery were invited to attend an explanatory session on Thursday afternoon.
The blad (section) designated for the fill are sections 93, 94, 95, 87, 86, 85 and 100 located in the Christian area in the northern part of the cemetery.
Tanah Kusir Cemetery head caretaker Gunawan told The Jakarta Post that the designated areas might comprise more than 100 graves across 1 hectare of land.
“The plan has been discussed since last year. The areas often flood when it rains. We want to finish the work while it is still the dry season,” he said on Thursday.
According to Gunawan, the soil for the fill would be provided by the Jakarta Water Management Agency.
The forestry agency also planned to use the city budget to reposition the headstones and transplant grass in the affected sections.