Sunday, February 03, 2008

Welcome back Floods

I was in Semarang when Dewi called me at about 3 pm, Friday February 1. She told me that heavy rain was pouring Jakarta since early morning and had caused floods in many parts of the city, including the main thoroughfare and toll road towards Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Jakarta was again in complete chaos, and so were airports across the country, since the authorities had to close down the airport for hours due to poor visibility during the torrential downpours. The toll road to the airport was also closed down, created heavy traffic jams at the back entrance from Tangerang.

To be in the safe side, I took Argo Anggrek train on Sunday to go back to Jakarta and cancelled my flight. It was a smooth ride, and it gave me ample time to exercise my brains and also to take photos along the way.

Many people lamented and felt sorry for the disaster after disaster that hit regions across the country, or criticized everybody else except themselves. It's human, but, I think we need citizens with abnormal human characteristics to work and make this country become a better place to live.

Those are the people who see all these hardships as opportunities and challenges to find ways to better predict, mitigate and control the disasters when they strike.

In the case of the worsening flood that just hit Jakarta, it actually gives a good opportunity for the city administrators to get people's support for a comprehensive city plan to create a better Jakarta. This plan certainly needs bold drastic measures, multiple major surgeries in many parts of the city, that will need sacrifices from many people. No pain no glory, regardless who gets what.

One of the drastic measures is to reduce number of private houses significantly in the city. Jakarta needs a lot more affordable apartments to replace private houses that will enable the city to have enough green spaces for water catchments. It's too luxurious to have a house in Jakarta. Let people move to apartments or have houses at Jakarta's vicinities, and provide them with convenient mass rapid transportation to reach the down town.

Meanwhile, for 4-5 years, stop sending students from faculty of planology, communication, sociology, psychology, and other related subjects, to remote villages to do their Kuliah Kerja Nyata, or Rural Community Service Program. Send them to Jakarta instead. There are huge number of people who live in the city, who need counseling and assistance on how to make their neighborhood more environment friendly, including those who live in elite housing complex.

In addition, it's high time for Jakarta to be handled by a super governor with a ministerial authority level, and report directly to the President. The Jakarta Megacity territory shall cover Jabodetabek (Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Tangerang-Bekasi), including Puncak area, and probably also Sukabumi. This arrangements will give greater rooms and authority for the governor to make necessary changes for a more integrated approach to tackle Jakarta's chronic problems. True, it's not new thing, but let's revive the idea.

There are many other great ideas that had been offered on how to make Jakarta free from floods, but the disturbing brownish dirty abundant flow of water still strike unchallenged.

Hence, welcome back floods. Keep greeting us, until the time when people become really strong to stand up and make bold decisions and actions to deal with your ugly face, face to face...

20 comments:

  1. I fully support your proposal in having KKN programme in Jakarta instead in the village. Indeed people live in Jakarta need counselling and assistance, but Jakarta itself is a kind of huge real laboratory. The stundents could observe all the problems then come up with solutions, real solutions not just theories.

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  2. aku sedang bertanya2.....andai ada ( aku yakin ada ) orang yg pandai dan punya cara untuk mengatasi masalah ini,...akankah dia mau tulus ikhlas menyumbangkan segala kepandaiannya demi masyarakat, dan tidak sangat berhitung tentang materi yg mungkin ingin dan bisa dia hasilkan dari tawaran solusinya.....karena dunia ini sudah menjadi materialistis sekali.
    ah....kejauhan aku bicaranya.....

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  3. Kemarin lagi2 rumah kena banjir.. kebetulan lagi on duty.. gk tau mau marah sama siapa. Di satu sisi geram akan banjir tapi salah siapa ?? sampai sekarang gk ada jawabannya

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  4. @Aris: it's true bung, that Jakarta itself is a huge real laboratory, with myriad challenges and mystries to be uncovered...

    @endang: ono jeng, somebody just need to find and bring her in (if not him). She may live outside Jakarta or even overseas, and give her full support to break all bureaucratic walls and provide protection in difficult times...

    @tata: salah kolektif nduk... be prepared to sacrifice to have a better Jakarta...

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  5. Menurut saya yang harus jadi gubernur itu insinyur tata kota, jadi benar-benar bisa memberikan solusi yang sudah bertahun-tahun terhadap Jakarta ini.

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  6. "...yang harus jadi gubernur itu insinyur tata kota..."
    Bang Fauzi Bowo adalah insinyur perencanaan kota dan wilayah dari Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Jerman. Hari ini 6 Feb baru 122 hari dia memimpin Jakarta. Jadi beri kesempatan utk membuktikan kalau dia layak dan mampu jadi Gubernur DKI

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  7. Anonymous2:51 PM

    begitulah...saat kota semakin maju, desa dibangun dengan dalih agar tidak ketinggalan "kereta", namun saat desa-desa ditata sedemikian rupa, wilayah kota ternyata menyimpan kebobrokan...mungkin kuncinya pada pembangunan terintegrasi, baik oleh pemerintah maupun warganya...:p
    --cewektulen--

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  8. Maybe we need "Minsitry of Flood..."

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  9. Berhubung negoro ini butuh orang yg gak cuman bisa omongdoang, ya udah lah... mending si emak ini nyingkir ajah jauh-jauh...

    OOT: mana photo2na, oom? :D

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  10. @LiSan Skywalker: realitas politik dan kekuasaan membutuhkan lebih dari sekadar kemampuan teknis nduk...

    @.:: AG. SYAM ::. smoga tidak cuma sabar menunggu ya bung :)

    @--cewektulen--: setuju nduk, ning skripsine dirampungke ndisik ya :D

    @M. Apip: he...he..., asal bukan ikan duyung yang jadi mentrinya :)

    @Dew: kebanyakan ngomong kerjanya kapan ya nduk. foto2na blom dirapiin nduk.... sing sabar menanti ya...:D

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  11. I completely agree.

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  12. @maxiderm: peace...:)

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  13. sad...don't believe that....every year just like that...flood. The government? just talking....they don't care..just water huh?

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  14. @amethys: there're some progresses jeng, quite slow though and not drastic enough to tackle the floods...

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  15. i completely agree with u regarding sending students to Jakarta!!!

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  16. @amellie: well maybe I need to send a proposal to ITB, UI and other universities ndukk...

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  17. thanks to the flood in Jakarta on that time, my flight back here was canceled for a week and I missed mos of my classes in first week of this semester.

    Pak aroeng, don't you think that your idea of KKN will have a side effect as well, you know, it will worsen the population explosion in Jakarta.

    anyway, long time no see, apa kabar Pak?

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  18. @Yuki Tobing: hi bung, i'm doing fine, hope u do the same... i understand the concerns on KKN, but it's up to the authority and the university to weigh the pros and cons, which is normal in any kind of new initiatives...

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  19. Pasti ada sesuatu yang bikin supaya kalau hujan sedikit Jakarta tidak banjir.
    Lucu satu kota besar yang kalau mau jual satu rumah di iklanya musti ada kalimat "bebas banjir", padahal nanti banjir juga.
    Salam from Barcelona.

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  20. sebenarnya ini salah kita semua baik itu pemerintah atau masyarakatnya, bencana itu datang karena adanya kesalahan dari faktor manusia terhadap lingkungannya, makanya kalo banjir datang yah kita hanya bisa pasrah saja menerima kenyataan ini dan untuk kedepanya saya berharap kepada semua pihak agar lebih memperhatikan lagi lingkungan dan lama kita

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