One of Jatigede Reservoir Reservoir Areas
One of the areas that will be inundated in the Jatigede Reservoir is actually an old archived photo around the year 2010, at the time of the research for the purposes of preparing a thesis in the inundation area. This photo was taken from the direction of Situraja District. You can imagine that the hills that we see in the photo will be submerged ?? even this is only a small part, in places where there will be other puddles, many hills are bombed, drilled, and so on for the sake of Jatigede Reservoir Development.
From various sources many say that so many biodiversity that has not been properly inventoried at that time, it means that automatically a lot of biodiversity in the form of flora and fauna that will disappear just drowned in this place, without being recorded and properly inventoryed if indeed there is no improvement in the recording of the wealth of flora and fauna.
But, hopefully now the obstacles in this matter can already be overcome, and later grandchildren descendants of Sumedang, especially those from inundation areas can know the area where they used to live along with the richness and natural beauty that is in it. Plus most of the inundation area that will be submerged is the ancestral land of Sumedang which is certainly a pride for Sumedang people. It is really unfortunate, in this place there are so many historical sites from the Sumedang Larang Kingdom, for example maybe like the Karamat Inten Site that I once told.
Jatigede Reservoir Development
The photo above is a photo of one of the stages of the construction of the Jatigede Reservoir, namely the construction of an evacuation tunnel and all accesses leading to it at that time, you can see the circumvention tunnel located to the left of the photo. We can imagine, in the process of making the tunnel, the hill was perforated using dynamite. Unfortunately, even though the Jatigede Reservoir is now almost complete, according to the news the social impact caused by the construction of the Jatigede Reservoir has not been completed as of now.
Sinohydro Corporation, a contracting company from China that participated in the mega project of Jatigede Reservoir Development in Sumedang Regency. As we have already known, the Jatigede Reservoir project is a project whose construction has been hanging for a long time in Sumedang Regency, how could it not, the construction has been initiated since 1963 and since then all the planning details have begun to be compiled.
Reportedly the land acquisition needed to build the reservoir reportedly began to be released in the range of 1984-1986, and then after that the project seemed to sink and it's unclear how it would proceed. Only then in the past few years could the project be resumed after there were investors from China with WIKA (PT. Wijaya Karya) and several other companies joining a consortium to continue the construction of the Jatigede Reservoir. Judging from the time span, the Jatigede Reservoir is arguably the longest-running reservoir project in Indonesia, or maybe even the world.
Jatigede Reservoir construction was originally targeted to be completed in 2012, but for one reason or another it is estimated that this project will only be completed in 2013 and will be inaugurated in early 2014 by the President of the Republic of Indonesia. The Sinohydro Corporation office is located right on the road to the Jatigede Reservoir project from the direction of the Jatigede District, here the flag of the Republic of Indonesia, the People's Republic of China, and of course the company flag.