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Jakarta Post

Jakarta's cable emergency

Thu, March 16, 2017   /   09:54 am
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    Cat's cradle: A cat steps through a stack of electrical cables in Salemba, Central Jakarta. JP/ Dhoni Setiawan

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    Watch your step: A man walks carefully to avoid cables lying on the road in Matraman, Central Jakarta. JP/ Dhoni Setiawan

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    Cable craze: Disorganized cable arrangements affect the capital's landscape and views. JP/ Dhoni Setiawan

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    Complicated: Tangled cables are seen on Jl Samanhudi in Central Jakarta. JP/ Dhoni Setiawan

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    Peek-a-boo: A man and a little boy stand on a balcony facing electrical and phone cables in Jatinegara, East Jakarta. JP/ Dhoni Setiawan

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    Hello officer: Cables cross the main road in Senen, Central Jakarta. JP/ Dhoni Setiawan

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    Under the cables: Drivers avoid bamboo sticks placed in the middle of the road to support overhanging cables in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. JP/ Dhoni Setiawan

Several corners of the capital city are in a disorganized state. In addition to the ubiquitous traffic congestion that has become commonplace, it seems that messy conditions can be found not only on the surface of Jakarta but also underneath.

Electrical and telephone cables are often seen crisscrossed, as if struggling for proper links with supporting poles standing along Jakarta roads. While affecting the city’s panorama and layout, some cables hanging down from the poles threaten the lives of people passing on the streets below.

Meanwhile, the ditches underneath are no less intimidating. Filled with utility networks, they hinder the smooth flow of water, especially when it rains. Some of the webs even appear above the channels, whereas those hidden beneath cause inundation that hampers traffic.

The diverse telephone, internet, electrical, television and fiber optic connections are competing to offer customer satisfaction with the ultimate aim of making Jakarta a modern and sophisticated metropolis. However, at the same time they are cluttering up Jakarta’s landscape.