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Pluit is an administrative district (kelurahan) located in Penjaringan, North Jakarta. The residential area is mainly inhabited by Chinese origin. They run many Chinese restaurants in nearby Muara Karang.
In the last ten years, Pluit has established itself as a bustling commercial center with its three shopping centers : Pluit Junction, Pluit Village and Emporium Pluit Mall.
History and etymology
Contrary to popular belief, the name Pluit has no etymological connection with fluit (whistle in Dutch).
Instead, the name was derived from a Dutch type of ship, the fluyt. In the 17th century, a fluyt called het Witte Paard was shipwrecked on the eastern coast of the Angke river estuary. This ship was subsequently used as a stronghold in addition to the already existing Castle Vijfhoek to ward off sporadic attacks of Bantenese forces. This ship was then known as De Fluit, which later became Pluit.
Pluit pumps are in use continuously during the rainy season, especially since Pluit is located below sea level. Since its installation in 2002, the pumps have been useful in avoiding the seasonal flooding in the region that befalls Jakarta every four years.
Jakarta administration plans to build a new reservoir additional to the current reservoir with a value of Rp280 billion ($30.8 million), starting in 2012.
- "Agency to build new reservoir in Pluit next year". November 26, 2011.
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