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Why move when you can just solve Jakarta's existing problems?

Petra Hapsari   31 July 2017 16:15

Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat suggested the government to not to move the capital from Jakarta.

Djarot said that rather than moving the capital to different island, it is better for the government to focus on developing Jakarta to be a better capital.

“Moving the capital is not easy. It is not a simple thing. In my opinion, it is better for us to develop Jakarta to be a more proper capital,” Djarot said at the Jakarta City Hall this morning.

Djarot emphasized that moving the capital might only waste the energy since Indonesia is an archipelago state.

“It’s not easy to move the Capital from Java to other island. It’s different from Malaysia, [their transfer] is near. It’s different from Australia. It’s different," Djarot continued.

Djarot suggested to focus on continuing to resolve the traffic jam, the city’s biggest problem through some ways including electronic road pricing (ERP).

“We need integration between transportation systems, that’s president’s order, whether it is between commuter line, Transjakarta, LRT and MRT,” Djarot said.

“I think if we keep on being consistent, then why shall we move the Capital?” Djarot added.

The plan to move the Capital from Jakarta to different island has been voiced and it reportedly will start it in 2018 or 2019.

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