Indonesia is to start construction on a giant breakwater system along Jakarta’s northern coastal areas this September, according to Andi Baso Mappapoleonro, head of the Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda).

The 400 trillion IDR (33.9 billion USD) project, a joint cooperation between the Indonesian government and the Netherlands, aims to protect low-lying land in the capital from flooding caused by high tides and to fully tap economic potential in the areas .

Andi Baso Mappapoleonro said the master plan for the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development project is supposed to be finalized by the end of August.

Under the plan led by Dutch consulting and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos, a 32-km long seawall will be built, spanning from Teluk Naga in Tangerang, Banten to Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta.

The ten-year project is divided into two stages, with the first focusing on building an embankment system to create 17 artificial islands, while the later one involves urban development. -VNA