TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta administration claimed they had planted a total of 537 new trees to replace the 191 trees cut in the National Monument (Monas) revitalization project.
“We have planted [new trees] to replace the 191 that were cut,” said Monas management unit spokesman Irfal Guci on Friday, February 21, 2020.
Irfal said the new trees were planted in the parks inside the Monas area, including in the Medan Merdeka Selatan park. He added the new trees comprised mahogany, bungur, pule and tamarind trees, while those cut were mahogany, sawo kecik, flodokan tiang and tabeyuya trees.
Jakarta Regional Secretary Saefullah said the Jakarta government had attempted to minimize the number of trees cut in the project. However, the government could only relocate 85 trees to the west and east wings of the Monas area, he added.
“After we saw the situation in the field, it was impossible no the cut those trees,” he said early February.
Reporter: Taufiq Siddiq | Translator: Galuh Kurnia Ramadhani (Intern Translator)