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Jokowi’s approval of Jakarta islet development stokes criticism

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, May 18, 2020   /  02:47 pm
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A bridge connects the C and D island reclamation projects in Jakarta.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has chosen to allow development on reclaimed islets in Jakarta Bay in a new regulation, much to the chagrin of activists who view it as a green light for unfettered development. The new regulation formally recognized reclaimed islets C, D and G – which are being developed by private companies – and N, developed as an expansion to Tanjung Priok port by state-owned operator PT Pelindo II, as zones with low environmental carrying capacity. The Perpres, known as Perpres Jabodetabekpunjur (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, Puncak and Cianjur), allows residential, industrial and warehouse construction, as well as commerce and tourism on the four reclaimed islands, provided the built-up area of each islet is less than 40 percent. The new regulation bans waste disposal on the islets, any activities that could harm local ecosys...