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SBY: Jakarta no longer
an ideal city

Traffic congestion in Greater Jakarta has prompted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to question the suitability of the metropolis as the center of commerce, government and the nation’s capital.

“Honestly… it’s [Jakarta] no longer ideal,” the President said while calling for an extraordinary solution to the problem, adding that there was no longer a balance in the ratio between people and their surrounding environment.

Speaking after a breaking of the fast gathering with chief and senior editors of national media at the State Palace Wednesday, the President said the complications faced by the rapid growth of Jakarta were complex.

The number of motor vehicles, for example, rose 10 to 15 percent annually, compared to the number of new roads which, according to Yudhoyono, amounted to a miniscule 0.01 percent per year.

Other problems include population density and drainage issues.

With many parts of the capital becoming an inefficient standstill, the central government has begun taking steps to seek alternatives.

He described this initiative as a “historical opportunity”.

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