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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, Pluit City http://www.pluitcityjakarta.com
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 the word fluitschip, which means a kind of long slender Dutch merchant ship. In the 17th century, on the eastern coast of the estuary Kali Angke, a fluitschip called Het Whitte Paertwas was stranded and became unseaworthy.
This boat was subsequently used as a stronghold as a fortification to the already existing Castle Vijfhoek to ward off the sporadic attacks of Banten forces.
This boat 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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