Indonesian leader: Sinking Jakarta needs giant sea wall
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Indonesia’s president said in an interview that he wants to see the speedy construction of a giant sea wall around Jakarta to prevent the low-lying capital from sinking under the sea, lending renewed backing and a sense of urgency to a slow-moving and politically contested mega project. Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his government are up against a tight timetable, including a forecast by experts that at the current rate, one-third of Jakarta could be submerged by 2050. The existential crisis facing the city is the culmination of decades of unfettered development, almost nonexistent urban planning and misrule by city politicians who have served private interests over those of the public.
Indonesian leader: Sinking Jakarta needs giant sea wall. (2019, July 29). The Philippine Star, p. 18.
- The Philippine Star