Thu, 18 Sep 2003

Residents must clean environment

From Suara Karya

Now that the wet season is fast approaching, it is high time for the Jakarta administration to take action to prevent flooding.

The Jakarta administration and its relevant agencies must ensure that the water can flow well through gutters and waterways. They must also conduct dredging in lakes, rivers and ponds so that these places can properly take in rain water. (Many rivers in Jakarta are filled with garbage.)

The Jakarta administration did the right thing when it removed illegal houses from riverbanks in its effort to prevent flooding.

Another thing that the Jakarta administration must quickly do is to carry out a mass civil works campaign, in which all residents are mobilized to clean up their environment.

Prawoto Wibisono Pluit, Jakarta