Reserve funds to go on flood recovery

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The Jakarta administration plans to use its reserve budget of Rp 700 billion for flood recovery projects.

Governor Sutiyoso said Tuesday the funds would be earmarked to repair infrastructure that was damaged during the flood early this month.

“Just in case, if the allocated budget for respective agencies isn’t enough to finance the recovery projects, we will use the reserve budget,” he said as quoted by Antara.

Jakarta’s provincial budget for this year is Rp 21.5 trillion.

According to data from the administration, the flood, which affected 45-75 percent of the city, damaged 350 roads throughout the capital, with losses of Rp 169.7 billion.

The flood also damaged busway lines, with losses of Rp 20 billion, and three bridges, with losses estimated at more than Rp 8.9 billion.

The city elementary education agency reported 495 schools were damaged in the flood, 82 of which need to be totally rebuilt.

Sutiyoso said the administration was currently focusing on the disposal of garbage and debris.

He expects the cleaning up process will be finished by the end of the week.

Of the five municipalities in the city, only Central Jakarta has been cleared of garbage.

As of Wednesday, garbage was still strewn across a number of areas of the city, including Tendean, Bukit Duri and Kalibata in South Jakarta and Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta.

City sanitation agency head Eko Bharuna said the total volume of post-flood garbage was 52,503 cubic meters, excluding the 6,000 tons of garbage the city produces daily.

To handle the increased volume of garbage, the agency has opened a new 2.1-hectare area at Bantar Gebang dump.(04)