The Jakarta administration is discussing a draft spatial master plan for next year that will focus on the development of public transportation by building interconnecting links between various modes of transportation.
Head of the city’s development agency, Nurfakih Wirawan, told reporters Monday at City Hall the new spatial master plan would be public transportation-oriented to address maddening traffic congestion in the capital.
“Transportation will be a decisive factor to build the city in the future, as we aim to develop the Mass Rapid Transit [MRT] network and improve the existing railway system, so all transportation networks will be interconnected,” he said.
He said the administration would bring the master plan to the National Spatial Planning Agency, which would later discuss it with the government.
Governor Fauzi Bowo previously said the construction of the MRT would be a major change to the city’s spatial planning, due to the advent of an underground network.
The construction of the MRT, to start between March and April next year, will include 12 stations along the Lebak Bulus-Dukuh Atas route.
There will be eight elevated stations along 10.5 kilometers and four underground stations along 4 kilometers.
Environmental activists have also called on the city administration to accommodate more green spaces in next year’s spatial master plan by creating breakthroughs to optimize idle land throughout the city.