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Jakarta population to be
limited to 12 million

JAKARTA: Jakarta’s population will be limited to 12 million for the next 20 years to avoid a myriad of social problems due to overpopulation, an official says.

Deputy governor for population control and settlement Margani Mustar said on Wednesday that the provincial administration had proposed in its draft of the city spatial planning plan for 2010-2030 that population growth would be curbed at 2.42 million over the next two decades, or at 121,000 per year.

The latest national census put Jakarta’s population at 9.58 million, with an annual growth of 1.4 percent, or 135,000 people per year.

Margani said the city administration would control population growth through regular ID card checks, and transmigration and family planning programs. — JP

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