Jakarta. Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan on Wednesday (22/11) called on all citizens to help in the revitalization of the Citarum River in West Java.
The 269 kilometers long river, the longest and largest in the province, is one of the most polluted rivers in the world.
Citarum irrigates 400,000 hectares of rice fields along its banks through a network of channels and reservoirs such as Cirata, Saguling and Jatiluhur.
It also produces 1,400 megawatts of hydroelectric power for Java and Bali.
The river's heavy pollution from sewage, industrial waste and trash poses danger to more than 27 million people in West Java and Greater Jakarta, who rely on Citarum for water supplies.
Luhut said that although the government had allotted a huge budget to revitalize the river, the efforts have not been successful yet.
"We urge all relevant parties, ranging from the central and local government to companies, community leaders, environmental and cultural activists to help manage the waste in the Citarum River, which flows into the Java Sea," he said.