Jakarta infrastructure: NCICD sea wall project delayed until 2022

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Bisnis Indonesia: Infrastruktur DKI Jakarta proyek tanggul NCICD molor hingga 2022

14 October 2019

By: Aziz Rahardyan

Bisnis, Jakarta – The central and regional governments have received an additional task regarding the capital city’s sea wall construction as private developers of reclaimed islands depart.

Anies has revoked the permit of 13 reclaimed islands, that have yet to be built, through a controversial strategy, which is by establishing the North Jakarta Coastal Reclamation and Management Coordination Board.

Head of Water Resources Service Office of the Province of Special Capital City Region of Jakarta Juaini Yusuf explained that the dismissed reclaimed island developers left a task of building the sea wall spanning 13.4 kilometres.

The construction will be the responsibility of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry and Jakarta Regional Government as the project for environment revitalisation and flood mitigation known as National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) is a national strategic project.

“Yesterday, we met at the location to divide [the work] left by the private [developers]. However, we have not made an MoU [memorandum of understanding]. We are still sorting out which [part of the project] will be constructed by the ministry, and which will be [constructed by] the regional government,” Juaini said to Bisnis on Sunday (13/10).

This is what forced the sea wall construction, which was predicted to be finished by 2020, to be delayed until 2022.

The NCICD project is expected to prevent flood and contain 13 river flows in Jakarta. The sea wall is part of NCICD construction phase A.

NCICD construction phase B is the west outer giant sea wall, and phase C is the east outer giant sea wall which are set to commence construction in 2021 and 2023 respectively.

Juaini hopes that the sea wall construction delay will not cause continuous flood in the northern part of the capital city as land subsidence is occurring in the area. His agency will anticipate this matter by implementing other regional supporting strategic projects.

“The sea wall is meant to anticipate high tide, that coincides with rain in Jakarta and water flowing from Bogor which also goes to the sea. Even though we are containing the flow from upstream, by constructing reservoirs, retention basins, and implementing naturalisations along the river, if high tide coincides [with rain and water flowing from Bogor], flood will occur in coastal areas. So, the delay is significant. Hopefully, high tide and rain will not occur at the same time,” he added.

During NCICD construction phase A, PUPR Ministry has constructed 4.5 km of the 19.5-km sea wall which spans across Muara Baru, Kamal Muara, and Baru River. Meanwhile, Jakarta Regional Government has constructed 2.7 km of the 11.5-km sea wall which spans across Kamal Muara, Luar Batang Fish Market, Blencong River.

Previously, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan asserted that the sea wall construction or NCICD construction phase A was a project that needed to be prioritised.

For NCICD construction phases B and C, or the Giant Sea Wall, which is projected to be an offshore toll road, it still needs further study.

“The sea wall along the coast is important. It is crucial to stop sea water from flowing into land as land subsidence is occurring. If there is a high tide, the water will flow all the way to the western side of Jakarta Bay. The height of the sea wall is 3 metres, that means that land [in the area] has sunk deeply,” he revealed some time ago.

Head of Jakarta Development Planning Board Sri Mahendra Satria Wirawan confirmed that budget for the sea wall construction in Jakarta was part of the 2020 Jakarta Regional Budget.

Legal Case

The permit revocation from reclaimed island developers has more consequences than just its effects on related projects. Jakarta Regional Government is still in the middle of a legal case of caused by lawsuits from developers.

Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) stated that there were at least four reclaimed island developers that sued the regional government.

PT Taman Harapan Indah (THI), with case number No. 24/G/2019/PTUN-JKT, filed a lawsuit on the Governor’s Letter on the Cancelation of Permit for the Reclamation of H Island. PT THI’s lawsuit has been approved and it is currently in the appeal stage.

PT THI, in their lawsuit, mentioned that the reclamation permit of the prosecutor was still valid when the object of dispute was published, and that they never received a reprimand or a warning.


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