BEKASI REGENCY, (Indonesia), MHI – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) reviewed the repair of the Citarum River embankment in Pebayuran District, Bekasi Regency, West Java, Wednesday (24/02/2021). The embankment broke […]
BEKASI REGENCY, (Indonesia), MHI – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) reviewed the repair of the Citarum River embankment in Pebayuran District, Bekasi Regency, West Java, Wednesday (24/02/2021). The embankment broke on Saturday (20/02/2021) at around 10 pm and caused flooding in a number of villages.
In the on-site review, the President appeared to be accompanied by Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, Head of BNPB Doni Monardo, Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil, and Regent of Bekasi Eka Supria Atmaja.
In his press statement, the Head of State said that the repair of the embankment had begun since two days ago. He said he had also requested that embankment repairs be completed within two days.
“There are three points that have broken the embankment like this. But two days ago it started to be done and this is god willing, I gave a maximum target of 2 more days already had to finish the embankment so that everything is functioning normally again,” he said.
The government will also soon complete the repair of the housing of residents affected by flooding due to the collapse of the Citarum River embankment.
“Then the affected communities, here are 30 also housing will be completed in a timely time,” said President Jokowi.
On that occasion the President reviewed the process of backfilling in flood-affected villages. It appears that a number of machines such as excavators were used in the backfill process. In addition, the President also reviewed the homes of residents who were damaged by flooding.
Flooding caused by the collapse of the Citarum River embankment affected 4,867 families with the number of refugees reaching 9,438 people. The refugees are now in 17 evacuation points spread across nine affected villages, namely Karangsegar Village, Sumberurip Village, Karangharja Village, Sumbereja Village, Karangpatri Village, Bantarsari Village, Karanghaur Village, Sumbersari Village, and Bantarjaya Village.
As is known Citarum Harum Project is a massive effort to restore the Citarum River as it was before. This project has been running for a year and began to show results, citarum river surface is no longer dull and dirty. The project handled by the Indonesian National Army (TNI) in this case Military III / Siliwangi claimed very quickly to carry out the process of restoration, revitalization and rehabilitation of the Citarum River.
Citarum River which got the title “The Dirtiest River The World” from the international public made President Joko Widodo gave birth to Presidential Regulation No. 15 of 2018 on Acceleration of Pollution Control and Damage of Citarum River Basin. This regulation at the same time marks the government’s commitment to restore, revitalize and rehabilitate the Citarum River.
Chief of Military Regional Staff (Kasdam) III / Siliwangi Brig. Gen. TNI Nurcahyanto said Citarum River has a very heavy pollution caused by five sources, namely domestic waste, hospital waste, industrial waste, sedimentation, and Floating Net Cage (KJA).
“Based on the Presidential Regulation, Kodam Siliwangi soldiers have responsibility for five source issues in citarum watershed. To overcome it we do critical land rehabilitation by planting according to the target of 125 million tree seedlings on an area of 80 thousand hectares. Already realized 1.4 million tree seedlings planted in 667 hectares. Then to overcome pollution we create communal dumps, infiltration wells and manage household waste,” said Nurcahyanto when met at the National Seminar on Pentahelix Synergy Model for Caring for Nature and Disaster Mitigation at Asrilla Hotel, Bandung, Friday (22/02/2019).
The Government of Indonesia is working with Japan to clean up citarum river pollution and climate change issues.
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, held a meeting with Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koiszumi and Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bahar, virtually on February 19 to discuss the matter.
Luhut explained, “Indonesia and Japan have been working together to address environmental issues, especially in the field of environmental pollution and marine debris handlers since 2019,” he explained.
“The Government of Indonesia has regulated the handling of waste and the environment in Presidential Regulation (PP) No. 83 of 2018 involving 16 Ministries or related institutions, to synergize activities that contribute to the handling of marine debris. Targeted in 2025, the handling of marine debris has reached 70%,” said Luhut.
According to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, said that, “We have carried out various policies and run various programs from 2018 to 2020. We have managed to reduce the leakage of waste into the sea from the river by 15% thanks to programs such as the handling of watersheds (Watersheds) in the Citarum River area,” he said.
Furthermore, he also revealed that, “Through indonesia and Japan’s cooperation on waste to energy (WTE) since 2017, waste that becomes pollutants in watersheds began to be processed. The Japanese have started to realize it by Processing Waste into Electric Energy Based on Environmentally Friendly Technology (PSEL). One of them is PSEL built by the Japanese through JICA in Legok Nangka, West Java,” he concluded.