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Jakarta Post

City told to act in line with population cap

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 27 2011   /  08:00 am

Experts are asking the Jakarta administration to make significant changes if it is planning to limit the population of the capital to only 12.5 million by 2030.

The population cap means the city should curb population growth to around 2.5 million over the next two decades and it needs to lower yearly growth to less than 121,000 per year. Jakarta’s population is now 9.6 million.

Hendricus Andy Simarmata of the Indonesian Planning Experts Association said Friday that the city urgently needed to cooperate with satellite areas to create new economic centers outside the city.

“These new centers will draw people there instead of them going into the capital; because it is impossible to stop people from going [to the capital] to make a [better] living,” Simarmata told The Jakarta Post.

He said that the city would not be able to create new economic centers witho...