The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the city administration and central government had taken measures to prevent the capital from sinking.
Anies was responding to presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s prediction that seawater from the city’s northern coast would reach the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta by 2025 on account of climate change. Prabowo's Gerindra Party backed Anies during the Jakarta gubernatorial election in 2017.
“The central government is working on National Capital Integrated Coastal Development [NCICD] in Jakarta Bay and we will finish it,” Anies said on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.
Anies said Jakarta was supported the central government's giant seawall project, which aimed to protect and secure the city .
He added that he would also intensify efforts to anticipate land subsidence by installing vertical drainage. With the method, rainwater would be directly absorbed by soil, thus preventing land subsidence.
Prabowo talked about the impact of climate change while giving a speech at the Indonesia Economic Forum in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Prabowo, citing United Nations data, said the sea level on Jakarta's northern coast had risen each year, and that the water would reach the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle by 2025. (cal)