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Trees relocated to Jakarta international stadium as construction continues

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 28, 2020   /   04:34 pm
Trees relocated to Jakarta international stadium as construction continues The construction of Jakarta International Stadium (JIS) in Sunter, North Jakarta, as seen in November 2019. (kompas.com/Kristianto Purnomo)

City-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro), which oversees the development of Jakarta International Stadium (JIS) in North Jakarta, has started to relocate hundreds of trees from nearby BMW park as part of the construction process.

At least 382 trees will be moved out into the stadium. Another 1,167 trees are also set to be planted in the 26-hectare area.

"The relocation and the planting of trees in the facility will create more green area in North Jakarta," JIS project director Iwan Takwin said Monday, adding that the process would be carried out in several stages.

Jakpro, Iwan said, used the "earth-balling" method to relocate the trees by digging out the soil and the roots in a circular shape to make sure that most of the root system remained undisturbed and intact. This will make it easier for the trees to adjust to a new location.

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"The sustainability of the ecosystem around the project, including trees, has become our priority," he added.

Jakpro corporate secretary Hani Sumarno said the process could take up to two months to complete. "It could take longer if the weather is bad," Hani said as quoted by kompas.com.

The planned modern stadium of international standard, which is expected to have a capacity of 82,000 people, will serve as the headquarters of Jakarta soccer club Persija, besides serving various other purposes.

The project costs Rp 5 trillion (US$344 million), and is expected to be completed by the end of October 2021. (vny)