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Jokowi calls for speedier progress in Jakarta's flood control projects

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 14, 2020   /  03:55 pm
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Construction workers install sheet piles on Oct. 17, 2018 along 1,600 meters of the Grogol River in Palmerah, West Jakarta as part of a project to normalize the river.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has made it clear that infrastructure projects on the Ciliwung River must continue as part of the efforts to mitigate flooding in Jakarta. Jokowi stressed his point in a limited meeting on Jan. 8 with the leaders of those regions affected by the massive New Year's flooding that hit Greater Jakarta and Lebak, Banten. Those in attendance were Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Banten Governor Wahidin Halim, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, Lebak Regent Iti Octavia Jayabaya and Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi.  The President also ordered the Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Ministry and the Jakarta administration to accelerate the Ciliwung River  normalization project and building an underground water tunnel connecting the river in Bidara Cina, East Jakarta, with the East Flood Can...