Press Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia after Inspecting Normalization Project of Ciliwung River, Jakarta, February 21, 2023

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 21 Februari 2023
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
The normalization of the Ciliwung river is remaining roughly around 17 kilometers. After pausing for a while, we will restart immediately because there are already several lands that have been cleared, for example in Rawajati. Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) can start the project immediately. While for Pengadegan area, the Governmnt will start the payment process for land acquisition. So that later the road construction will immediately start on the areas that have been cleared.

We hope in two years or the end of 2024 the project will be completed. So that the normalization of the Ciliwung river is finished completely. This will greatly reduce flooding because the water from upstream will be held back by the Ciawi Dam and Sukamahi Dam. This is only Ciliwung, there are still other 12 rivers in Jakarta, which also need normalization.

That’s all.

Press
How about the other twelve rivers, Sir? (inaudible…)

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Will start the construction but now we focus on Ciliwung.

Press
For another issue, related to Governor of Bank Indonesia?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
We will decide it today or tomorrow. We already picked several names.

Press
Zainudin Amali resigns, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Not yet in written statement. But already did it informally.

Press
Who will replace him, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
I will answer it later. Thank you.

Press
For Susi Air pilot, what are the plans for his release? What steps will the Government take to avoid casualties?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
This release, later this release will be carried out by the Minister of ATR/BPN plus the Jakarta Governor and the Mayor. Land acquisition, I mean. So those who don’t have certificates will immediately be processed by the Minister of BPN and the compensation will be handled by the Jakarta government, the construction will begin immediately.

(EST/LW)

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