Weekend at Banjir Kanal Timur
I’m Dwie Judha Satria but people used to call me Buyung. I work as an illustrator and also enjoy teaching.
Have you ever heard about Banjir Kanal Timur? It ‘s reservoirs and water catchment areas are deliberately constructed by the government of DKI Jakarta, initially to cope with floods that occurred in Jakarta. The artificial canal area of 207 square kilometers, functioned to collect water from the Ciliwung, Cipinang, Sunter, Buaran Kali, Kali Jati Kramat and Cakung.
I find that although the area traffic in weekdays is pretty annoying, it is really nice weekends. Many people doing sports, flying kite or just sitting around waiting for sunset. So wonderful isn’t it?
The canal or river that mostly known as ‘the back area’ before now with Banjir Kanal Timur clean condition, is becoming a front view for many Jakartans on weekends. Interesting right? Plus, I notice that the amount of trash being dumped is relatively small in that area, because people obviously are reluctant to make this beautifully clean area dirty again. It seemed that now people realize how good it is to have a clean environment in Jakarta.
Illustration by Dwie Judha Satria.