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Jakarta Post

Jokowi threatens to revoke permits of firms polluting Lake Toba

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta and Humbang Hasundutan, North Sumatra   /   Wed, July 31, 2019   /  09:10 am
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Members of the Medan Indonesian Christian University Students Movement (GMKI) hold a street rally in Medan, North Sumatra, on July 26 to call on the local government to revoke the business permit of alleged Lake Toba polluters.(JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo warned on Tuesday that companies that are found to be polluting Lake Toba in North Sumatra will have their licenses revoked, in a firm warning designed to jump start a clean-up in the world’s largest volcanic lake. During the first day of his three-day visit to the lake, the President said the government had invested more than Rp 3.5 trillion (US$249 million) to turn the lake into a world-class tourist destination and would not allow this money go to waste. “The money should be used first to ramp up a total improvement of the lake,” Jokowi said at Sipinsur Park in Humbang Hasundutan regency. “Any construction project done here [at Lake Toba] must not only be for tourism, but also for the sake of the environment.” He said the government would review and might even revoke permits of polluting companies, ...