The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration has announced a plan to clear the 2.5-hectare Kali Karang riverbank in Pluit, Penjaringan, North Jakarta, and transform it into an open green area to support the local economy.
Penjaringan district head Mohammad Andri said on Thursday that the administration had obtained the building permit (IMB) to develop 11 percent of the area into an open interactive space that included a jogging track, parking space and a culinary spot.
“The culinary spot will house city-trained small and medium enterprises as well as street vendors,” he said, as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that he expected the parking area to eliminate the long-standing problem of illegal parking along the riverbank that had worsened traffic.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan previously said that the administration had allocated Rp 500 billion for riverbank clearance projects in an attempt to mitigate flooding.
The funds are to be used for, among other things, evicting people living on riverbanks and installing sheet piles along rivers, as well as revitalizing 14 flood control facilities, such as reservoirs and lakes. (fac)