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Giant seawall may cause bigger problems: Activists

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  07:14 am
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Students play on a coastal embankment that is part of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) project in Kalibaru, Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Monday(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The government’s newest proposal for phase two of Jakarta's outer sea dike project — previously referred to as a giant seawall or the Great Garuda — has raised questions and concerns from activists and scholars who warn of the potential environmental and social costs of the mega project. The Public Works and Housing Ministry, which is in charge of the project, is preparing to send its proposal for the new concept to the President. The ministry signed an agreement with its counterpart from the Netherlands and South Korea last month for the sea dike’s construction. Officially called National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) project, the sea dike’s primary function is to reduce the threat of tidal floods in Jakarta as a result of land subsidence. Experts have warned that the capital was sinking at a rapid rate in some areas, especially i...