The city administration said that Jakarta is close to being overpopulated and swift actions are needed to rein in the impending population boom.
City Population and Civil Registration Agency head Purba Hutapea said that during the day Jakarta is home to more than 12 million people, only half a million short of the 12.5 million population projected in the new 2010-2030 Spatial Planning bylaw.
“The official figure for Jakarta population is 9.6 million people, but with the addition of 2.5 million from the suburbs of Jakarta coming to work every day, the city is already overloaded,” Purba said on Friday.
The Jakarta administration and the City Council have agreed to limit the population of the capital to no more than 12.5 million by 2030, as stipulated in 2010-2030 Spatial Planning Bylaw.
Purba, however, said that the city could still meet its target of limi...