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Ciliwung tunnel project continues as government withdraws cassation against land acquisition verdict

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, September 24, 2019   /  11:32 am
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The Ciliwung River in Bidara Cina, East Jakarta, on Nov. 11, 2017.(Kompas/Lucky Pransiska)

  Four years standing idle, the construction of a tunnel connecting the Ciliwung River and the East Flood Canal will resume as the government has decided to put an end to the legal dispute over land acquisition in East Jakarta, and is ready to pay compensation money to the residents. The tunnel is a project under the Public Works and Housing Ministry – represented by the ministry's Ciliwung-Cisadane Flood Control Office (BBWSCC) – as a part of a flood mitigation project, in particular to ease the severe flooding that occasionally occurs in Bidara Cina. The Jakarta administration and BBWSCC in August and September respectively withdrew their cassation appeal against the Jakarta State Administrative Court's ruling in favor of plaintiffs -- Bidara Cina residents -- over the land acquisition process for the project, making the ruling dated May 27 legall...