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    Eight Regions in the Citarum Watershed Area Received Aid Funds to Overcome River Waste

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    BANDUNG CITY- A total of 8 districts / cities located in the Citarum watershed area will get funding to overcome the river. The funds come from World Bank assistance amounting to Rp 1.4 trillion previously agreed with the Regional Government of West Java Province.

    West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said that the Citarum river waste problem had been mapped to handle it in accordance with the volume of waste flowing into the Citarum river. According to him, Metro Bandung - which covers the City of Bandung, Bandung Regency, West Bandung Regency, and Cimahi City - is the biggest contributor to river waste.

    This was revealed by Emil - Ridwan Kamil's familiar words - after leading the Preparatory and Proposal Meeting on the Need for Domestic Waste Management of the Citarum Watershed with the Regent of Bekasi, Regent of Karawang, Regent of Cianjur, Regent of Purwakarta, Regent of West Bandung, Regent of Bandung, Mayor of Cimahi and Mayor of Bandung Gedung Sate, Bandung, Monday (6/24/2019).

    "It turns out that 80 percent of Citarum's waste comes from Metro Bandung, Bandung City, Cimahi City, Bandung Regency and West Bandung Regency," Emil said.

    Meanwhile, 20 percent of Citarum waste comes from Purwakarta Regency, Cianjur Regency, Karawang Regency, and Bekasi Regency. Therefore, aid funds will be allocated to each region in proportion to the problem. Metro Bandung, he said, would receive the largest funding amounting to Rp. 300 billion.

    "We will share the budget according to the proportion of the waste problem. If it is allocated at least 50 billion per Regency / City. There are also those that are Rp. 100 billion, Rp. 200 billion, and at most Rp. 300 billion," he said.

    With the injection of funds and a joint commitment to handle Citarum waste, Emil is optimistic that the 300-kilometer river will be free of waste in the next 5 years. "So, we commit (commitment) and we are optimistic that in five years citarum waste will be completed," he said.

    In addition, all Regional Heads present at the meeting will send a letter of commitment to the Governor of West Java to participate in the role and budget, including having to do land acquisition, facilities, and operational costs.

    "It is also possible later to buy a sophisticated garbage truck or make a giant biodigester," Emil said.

    According to Emil, the key to completion until Citarum is the prevention of waste from home. Because, the budget will be used more for the prevention of waste on site, the establishment of waste banks at the District level.

    "The key is to prevent rubbish from home so we don't let our people's lifestyles continue to make sophisticated technology, but instead this budget will be more for educating waste," he said.

    In addition, 15 percent or around Rp 200 billion, said Emil, will be used to study non-physical matters, such as policies, education, seminars, and training. "In my opinion, it is very big Rp 200 billion only for non-physical purposes. So, it must be utilized as well as possible," he concluded

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