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Jakarta Post

Independence Day ceremony to be held on reclaimed islet

Independence Day ceremony to be held on reclaimed islet Reclaimed Islet D will host the 74th Independence Day ceremony in Jakarta. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)
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Jakarta   ●   Thu, July 25, 2019 2019-07-25 10:47 656 0290f9de4aeb62f98549b410b5356f2b 1 City Independence-Day,jakarta,reclamation Free

In celebration of Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day, the Jakarta administration is set to hold a ceremony on reclaimed islet Pantai Maju (Moving Forward Beach), previously known as islet D.

The ceremony usually takes place at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta.

City-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) is responsible for preparing the location.

“Usually, the [Independence Day] ceremony takes place at Monas. This time is different. The ceremony at the provincial level will be held in Pantai Maju,” Jakpro corporate secretary Hani Sumarno said at City Hall on Wednesday.

She explained that the selection of a new location was intended to show that Jakarta had beaches that were accessible to the public.

“This also shows that the reclaimed islets can be accessed by the public,” she said, reported.

The ceremony will take place next to the jogging and bicycle track called Jalasena, built by Jakpro. Access to the location has been paved, Hani said.

“Access to the location is good with grassy areas and trees,” she added.

Jakpro president director Dwi Wahyu Daryoto previously said the firm had prepared up to 20 hectares to hold the ceremony.

The ceremony will mark the public opening of three man-made islets called Pantai Kita (Our Beach), Pantai Maju and Pantai Bersama (Together Beach) — previously called islets C, D and G respectively — he said recently. (sau)