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Greater Jakarta’s 120-km coastal protection races against upcoming ‘king tide’

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Tangerang   /   Tue, September 17, 2019   /  07:58 am
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A resident sits to catch fish on a coastal embankment in Kalibaru, Cilincing in North Jakarta on Aug. 14. (JP/Rafaela Chandra Adi)

The government has found that the existing embankment on the northern coast of Jakarta, Tangerang and Bekasi is in critical condition and in urgent need of reinforcement. The project that involves 120 kilometers of embankment, however, has progressed slower than expected as the Public Works and Housing Ministry and the local administrations have built only 17 km since 2014. The embankment project, known as the first phase of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD), is expected to cover all 120 km by 2024, consisting of 60 km of coastal embankment and 60 km of river embankment at the estuaries not just in Jakarta but also in Tangerang in Banten and Bekasi in West Java. Experts have called the first phase a "no-regret measure" because it is an onshore project that has to be undertaken regardless of whether the offshore giant sea wall is built or not. ...