Jakarta to get $40-billion infrastructure overhaul

Jakarta To Get $40-billion Infrastructure Overhaul

Despite its plan to move Indonesia’s capital to to East Kalimantan province on Borneo, the country’s government is not abandoning Jakarta. Instead, the sinking, overcrowded and polluted urban conglomerate will get a $40-billion overhaul over the next ten years, according to Reuters.

What he calls “urban regeneration,” Indonesian planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said will cost even more than the $33 billion of expected cost to build a new capital city on Borneo island.

“Jakarta is the center of everything in Indonesia. What we are moving out of is the center of administration, but finance, businesses and trade will stay,” Brodjonegoro told the agency.

Brodjonegoro said the relocation decision was taken because the government knew the population concentration in Jakarta has to be reduced. The government expects to begin moving to the new capital city in the East Kalimantan province in 2024.

“People assume Jakarta is doing fine. Jakarta is not doing fine at all. The water condition is a cause for concern, [as is] wastewater and air pollution,” he added.

Part of the new project submitted by the city government is to extend water pipes to cover all of Jakarta so that people don’t rely on groundwater. The government will also build a new sewage system, the minister said.

However, the biggest chunk of the spending would be for mass transportation, such as lengthening the newly built track for its mass rapid transit system, a new railway loop, more commuter lines, bus-only lanes and flyovers, Brodjonegoro said.

Currently, only 60 per cent of the city has pipe water infrastructure, forcing millions of people and businesses to dig wells to use up groundwater, hurting the environment, he added.

The over-extraction makes Jakarta prone to floods and sinking due to subsidence. Rising sea levels aggravated the sinking with some part of the city dropping as much as a whopping 25 centimeters a year, making Jakarta the fastest sinking city of its size globally. At the current sinking rate, 95 per cent of Jakarta will be underwater by 2050.

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Despite its plan to move Indonesia’s capital to to East Kalimantan province on Borneo, the country’s government is not abandoning Jakarta. Instead, the sinking, overcrowded and polluted urban conglomerate will get a $40-billion overhaul over the next ten years, according to Reuters. What he calls "urban regeneration," Indonesian planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said will cost even more than the $33 billion of expected cost to build a new capital city on Borneo island. “Jakarta is the center of everything in Indonesia. What we are moving out of is the center of administration, but finance, businesses and trade will stay,” Brodjonegoro...

Jakarta To Get $40-billion Infrastructure Overhaul

Despite its plan to move Indonesia’s capital to to East Kalimantan province on Borneo, the country’s government is not abandoning Jakarta. Instead, the sinking, overcrowded and polluted urban conglomerate will get a $40-billion overhaul over the next ten years, according to Reuters.

What he calls “urban regeneration,” Indonesian planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said will cost even more than the $33 billion of expected cost to build a new capital city on Borneo island.

“Jakarta is the center of everything in Indonesia. What we are moving out of is the center of administration, but finance, businesses and trade will stay,” Brodjonegoro told the agency.

Brodjonegoro said the relocation decision was taken because the government knew the population concentration in Jakarta has to be reduced. The government expects to begin moving to the new capital city in the East Kalimantan province in 2024.

“People assume Jakarta is doing fine. Jakarta is not doing fine at all. The water condition is a cause for concern, [as is] wastewater and air pollution,” he added.

Part of the new project submitted by the city government is to extend water pipes to cover all of Jakarta so that people don’t rely on groundwater. The government will also build a new sewage system, the minister said.

However, the biggest chunk of the spending would be for mass transportation, such as lengthening the newly built track for its mass rapid transit system, a new railway loop, more commuter lines, bus-only lanes and flyovers, Brodjonegoro said.

Currently, only 60 per cent of the city has pipe water infrastructure, forcing millions of people and businesses to dig wells to use up groundwater, hurting the environment, he added.

The over-extraction makes Jakarta prone to floods and sinking due to subsidence. Rising sea levels aggravated the sinking with some part of the city dropping as much as a whopping 25 centimeters a year, making Jakarta the fastest sinking city of its size globally. At the current sinking rate, 95 per cent of Jakarta will be underwater by 2050.

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