The Jakarta Post
Despite being a megalopolis of 10 million people, the capital city ranked among average tier cities in a recent survey that measured the liveability of.the country's cities. (Shutterstock/File)
Only 10 percent of sidewalks in Jakarta have been deemed adequate, most of which are also located along main thoroughfares like Jl. Sudirman and Jl. Thamrin, the head of the Indonesian Association of Planners (IAP) has said.
As reported by kompas.com, pedestrian facilities were one of the many aspects that Jakarta needed to address, following the release of the IAP's 2017 Most Liveable City Index (MLCI) survey.
The survey was conducted across 19 provinces and 26 cities in the country on aspects such as housing, security, the local economy and facilitation of economic activities, the informal sector, city politics and city parks.
According to the survey, Jakarta ranks as an "average tier city", or a city that has an average liveability index.
Scoring 62.6 on the 2017 MLCI, the capital city's performance saw an increase compared to the MLCI surveys in 2009, 2011 and 2014, which ranked Jakarta among the bottom tier cities. The latests accomplishment is still below expectations, as with a population of more than 10 million, the capital should rank among the top-tier cities, or those with a liveability index of above average.
IAP head Dhani Muttaqin said on Thursday that developments in pedestrian facilities had seen a significant improvement in the past three years. For example, illegal parking was no longer seen on Jl. Melawai and Jl. Mahakam, which now have a dedicated space for pedestrians.
Dhani was hopeful that such improvements would not only be seen in one or two areas, especially since the city would soon open its MRT and light rail transit (LRT) facilities.
"We have identified some critical locations that need [adequate pedestrian facilities], where many people walk to change transportation or transit modes," said Dhani. He added that the city administration should pay attention to the liveability index, as it was an important tool for boosting residents' productivity and the city's efficiency. (wir/kes)