TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has many times conveyed the river naturalization project is an effort to deal with flooding in the capital city. Anies has also issued Gubernatorial Decree No. 31 of 2019 concerning integrated development and revitalization of water resources infrastructure with the concept of river naturalization.
However, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono questioned Anies on the program detail last March. Hence, the Jakarta environment agency explained it based on its mandates, tasks, and functions (tupoksi).
“We set riverbanks as a place to store natural fertilizers, such as water hyacinth,” said the acting head of the Environment Agency, Djafar Muchlisin, in the DPRD building, Central Jakarta, on Monday, April 8.
In addition to planting vines in the riverbanks, Djafar explained that his side maintained its cleanliness. “So this will encourage water absorption to lands through the vines,” he added.
According to Djafar, the river naturalization project had been carried out in several rivers, namely Kali Item or Black River near Sunter, Krukut River, and the western Mookervart River. The project is focused to be implemented in rivers of North and West Jakarta.
The agency also ran dissemination about the naturalization project to the public for six months in a bid to raise public awareness on the city program, Djafar noted.
Anies Baswedan first brought up the concept of river naturalization when inspecting Pluit areas, North Jakarta, on February 8, 2018. At that time, the governor highlighted the project would be beneficial to tackle floods and preserve the river ecosystem as well.
M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH