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Government earmarks 9 trillion for flood mitigation projects in West Java

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung   /   Wed, January 15, 2020   /  09:02 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inspects the construction of the Ciawi Dam in Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday. Once completed, the dam, along with the nearby Sukamahi Dam that is also being developed, is expected to help minimize flooding in Jakarta.(Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

The Public Works and Housing Ministry has poured Rp 9 trillion (US$659 million) into several projects in an effort to protect West Java from flooding. The budget has been used to finance nine flood mitigation projects, ranging from dams and retention basins to underground water tunnels and river normalization in Bandung and Karawang, as well as two of Jakarta's satellite cities – Bogor and Bekasi. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil says his administration is currently completing the Ciawi Dam and the Sukamahi Dam in Bogor. The construction of the Ciawi Dam began in 2016 and is now 44.8 percent built. Ridwan expected that the Rp 3.9 trillion dam would be completed this year. The Sukamahi Dam, meanwhile, is 34.4 percent built, with 90.3 percent of the project's land acquisition complete. Ridwan said the two dams would be able to hold 30 percent of the wa...