Jumat , 06 October 2017, 19:30 WIB

Luhut: Anies must accept decision on reclamation project

Rep: Mas Alamil Huda, Puti Almas/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda
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Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (white shirt).
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (white shirt).

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, MEDAN -- Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has lifted moratorium on Jakarta's land reclamation project on Thursday (October 5). He said all parties, including new government of DKI Jakarta, must accept his decision.

"The reclamation project will continue since moratorium has been lifted so Jakarta Provincial Government must accept the decision, including the governor-elect, Anies Baswedan," said Luhut on Friday (October 6).

The reclamation project became subject to hot debate during the gubernatorial election campaign this year. Jakarta governor-elect Anies Baswedan expressed his opposition to the project.

During the campaign period, he and Jakarta deputy governor-elect Sandiaga Uno repeatedly vowed to stop project. They assessed reclamation was environmentally unfriendly and would disrupt the livelihoods of fishermen and people around the project's areas, and many more.

Luhut said the lifting of moratorium is based on many studies, namely experts from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), National Development Planning Board (Bappenas), and also all relevant ministries.

"So there is no negotiations again, because we already have studies from many experts, also including from Japanese, Korean and Dutch," Luhut added.

Previously, Luhut has also told Anies and Sandiaga that the Jakarta Bay Reclamation project should be continued as it is one of the central government's long-awaited projects, that date back to the former president Soeharto era. 

He said research on the development of the artificial islets had been conducted since the former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration.

Later, it was being continued under the leadership of President Joko Widodo. Jakarta's land reclamation project is a project initiated by the Jakarta city administration involving the construction of 17 manmade island on the northern coast of the city, developed by private companies.

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