A kayak race at the Jatiluhur Dam in Purwakarta, West Java, in July. (SP Photo/Hendro Situmorang)

Jasa Tirta II Set to Manage Six More Major Rivers


NOVEMBER 26, 2019

Jakarta. State-run water resource management company Jasa Tirta II has asked for the government's permission to manage six more major rivers in West Java and Kalimantan, an executive said on Monday.

The company is currently managing the Citarum River, Ciliwung River and Cisadane River that flow through West Java, Banten and Jakarta.

Jasa Tirta finance director Haris Zulkarnain said the request has been approved by the Public Works and Housing Ministry and is currently being examined by the Justice Ministry to make sure no regulations are being trespassed.

The company needs the government to issue a new regulation to expand its operational area.

"After this, the request will be put through the State Secretariat and other agencies, before [the regulation] is signed by the president. It may take two or three months," Haris said during a visit to the BeritaSatu Media Holdings office in South Jakarta.

Jasa Tirta wants the management rights for Cimanuk River in West Java; Cidanau River, Ciujung River and Cidurian River in Banten; Barito River in Central Kalimantan and Mahakam River in East Kalimantan.

The company, which has been in existence for 52 years, plays a key role in the government's food and water security programs.

It manages the country's biggest dam, the Djuanda Dam in Purwakarta, which supplies water to 240,000 hectares of farmland in West Java, one of the country's biggest rice producers.

It also contributes 80 percent of the clean water supply in Jakarta, and 100 percent in West Java's Bekasi, Karawang, Subang and Purwakarta.

The Djuanda Dam, also known as the Jatiluhur Dam, runs a major power plant that produces 900 million kWh a year for state-run electricity company PLN.