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Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta unites for environment, transportation projects

  • Ida I. Khouw
    Ida I. Khouw

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 21, 2018   /   09:20 pm
Greater Jakarta unites for environment, transportation projects Workers clear garbage from Jakarta Bay on March 17. (AFP/Dasril Rozandi)

The Jakarta administration signed several mutual partnership agreements with satellite cities on food security, transportation and clean water provision at City Hall in Central Jakarta on Dec. 20.

Satellite administrations involved are Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi and Cianjur (Bodetabekjur) in West Java and Banten provinces.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan expressed hope that the projects would not rely solely on the city budget for funding, but also involve city-owned enterprises and the private sector.

“We have been too focused on government-to-government relations, while business-to-business and government-to-business relations offer alternatives,” he said during the event.

Among the signed deals are ones on the construction of river trash racks and toll roads to garbage disposal areas in satellite cities as well as the revitalization of reservoirs in Bodetabekjur.

The trash racks will prevent garbage from entering the capital through the rivers, while toll roads to disposal areas will enable garbage trucks to travel directly to garbage dumps instead of passing through residential areas.

Waste has become one of the capital’s biggest problems as it has relied on its neighbors for garbage disposal – which amounts to 8,000 tons per day – for decades.

Meanwhile, a mutual partnership agreement to build park-and-ride facilities in satellite cities has also been signed – in line with the Jakarta administration’s plan to reduce the use of private vehicles to minimize traffic congestion and maximize the use of public transportation.

Ten park-and ride facilities will be built next year in Bekasi and Bogor. (ars)