TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - During his visit to Bandung, West Java, President Joko Widodo or Jokowi highlighted the condition of Citarum River. He said the river has been polluted by factory waste and bacteria which needs a total restoration.
“The condition currently is not acceptable for the residents that use Citarum as their source of clean water. Especially for the people in Jakarta that obtain most of their water from Citarum River,” said Jokowi in a press release on Thursday, December 28.
The president said that he expected a total restoration of Citarum River can be started in mid-January next year. The restoration covers the main river, creeks, and the land at the river’s upstream.
“The water that comes from factories [will be monitored], everything will be done thoroughly. We want this river to be truly useful for agriculture and the main source of water in West Java,” said Jokowi.
Other than Citarum, Jokowi mentioned about several projects that are conducted by the West Java Government, such as the Kertajati Airport in Majalengka who he expects will be complete by 2018 and the Bogor-Ciawi-Sukabumi toll road that is predicted to be complete by 2019.
Istman Musaharun Pramadiba