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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.
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.
The conversion of the swampy ground in the area of Pluit housing started in the 1970s. By 1979, the area had become well-established residential area with Jembatan Tiga Road providing the main connection to the area.
In the 1990s, an elevated harbor toll road was completed, replacing Jembatan Tiga Road as the main connection to the area.
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.
Malls in Pluit
There are several malls located in Pluit, and around it. Some include
- Emporium Pluit Mall 
- Pluit Junction 
- Pluit Village (previously known as Megamall Pluit) 
- Baywalk Mall 
Emporium Pluit Mall and Pluit Junction are right across each other, while Pluit Village is approx. 1 km from Emporium Pluit Mall and Pluit Junction. Baywalk Mall at Green Bay Pluit is approx. another 2 km from Pluit Village. Emporium Pluit Mall and Pluit Junction are right on the road that leads to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta. Emporium Pluit Mall has 1 hotel (Holiday Inn Express Pluit)  while Pluit Junction also has 1 hotel in its premises (FaveHotel Pluit) 
- Merrillees 2015, p. 25.
- "Agency to build new reservoir in Pluit next year". November 26, 2011.
- Merrillees, Scott (2015). Jakarta: Portraits of a Capital 1950-1980. Jakarta: Equinox Publishing. ISBN 9786028397308.
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