“We have worked on (installing) 300 infiltration wells as vertical drainages,” said head of the agency, Ahmad Saiful, in Jakarta on Tuesday.
He said the number of vertical drainages that have been in the works since the beginning of January this year has surpassed the halfway mark of the targeted vertical drainage construction in Central Jakarta.
“Our target is to have infiltration wells in 500 spots. We have been able to develop the wells in 300 spots,” he said.
Aside from developing more vertical drainages in Central Jakarta, the agency is also routinely ensuring the normalization of waterways in areas that are prone to flooding.
Meanwhile, Central Jakarta Mayor Bayu Meghantara said another anticipatory measure that has been undertaken is cleaning out of waterways and maintenance of existing drainages.
Earlier this year, massive floods swept several regions in the areas of Jakarta and Greater Jakarta, including Bogor, Tangerang, Depok, and Bekasi, due to torrential rains since the New Year's eve.
Some areas in the Central part of Jakarta were inundated by high levels of water, including Bendungan Hilir, Anyar Menteng street, Surabaya street, Cilacap street, and Pegangsaan Barat street. (INE)
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