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Jakarta begins emergency river dredging JAKARTA - Jakarta officially commenced the long-overdue project to dredge the city’s rivers and waterways to prevent flooding. The project, known as the Jakarta Emergency Dredging Initiative (JEDI) was approved in 2009 but the actual dredging was delayed for five years.

“It should have been started in 2009 but we kept on stalling, so it has to be started immediately. We have been waiting for five years and the plan needs to be executed now,” Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said during the launch of the project at Melati reservoir, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday.

The city administrative initially planned to complete the work within five years, but after the long wait it decided to accelerate the project, funded by the World Bank. “I actually requested the JEDI project to be finished within one year but the World Bank said it was not possible and they needed two years to complete the dredging,’ he said.

Joko said the city budget was enough to cover the Rp 1.2 billion ($100,000) needed for the project, but the agreement with the World Bank could not be canceled. “The plan had been made a long time ago so I decided to just go ahead with it because I don’t want to wait any longer,’ Joko said.

Manggas Rudi Siahaan, the head of the city’s public works office, said the dredging was expected to minimize the impact of flooding in the capital. “We hope to normalize the capacity of the rivers and reservoirs. This dredging will be done according to international standards,” Manggas said.

He previously said city authorities had earmarked Rp 2 billion for the dredging of the Tomang reservoir in West Jakarta in order to curb severe flooding that usually affects the area during the rainy season. He added that work on the project kicked off on Wednesday last week and was expected to be completed about a month.

The administration is also in the process of dredging two other major reservoirs in North Jakarta. The city has selected a tender of Rp 20 billion for the dredging of the silted-up Pluit reservoir meant to recover lost capacity of the vital storm-water catchment area. Manggas said the depth of the reservoir would be increased from the current 3 meters to its original 5 meters.


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