Jakarta Not Involved in Giant Sea Wall Project

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – North Jakarta Mayor Budi Hartono said the dredging of the eastern side of Pluit Reservoir in the giant sea wall development did not involve the municipality governments.

He added this was evident at the launch event of the project yesterday that was not preceeded with the relocation of locals in the area. “I haven’t been invited for discussions with the central government about the project,” said Heru on Thursday.

He explained that residents should have receive prior notice before the construction kicked off, and that he did not receive any information about the event until Wednesday. He said the lack of communication between the central government and his administration spelled that the relocation was his duty.

He further said it was necessary for the central and regional governments to canvass the fate of the affected residents. He added the central government must also lend a hand in establishing fishermen’s villages in other provinces to accommodate the affected residents—most of them are fishermen.

Budi said moving residents to low-cost apartments far from the sea could drastically alter their way of life. He explained one of the possible locations for the relocation is Karangsong in West Java. “The solution must be sought together,” said Heru.

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