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Jakarta Post

Jakartans praise progress ahead of anniversary

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 21, 2019   /  10:02 am
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Workers put together a stage at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, on Thursday. The Jakarta administration is set to celebrate the city’s 492nd anniversary by staging various performances on Saturday. For the event, authorities will close a section of Jl. MH Thamrin from the intersection in front of the Sarinah department store to Dukuh Atas, from 3 p.m. to midnight. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

As we approach the city’s 492nd anniversary, Jakartans consider the capital to have shown improvement in some aspects. Some say they are finally happier with its notoriously nightmarish traffic, and hope for even more improvements in public transportation. “I wish Jakarta to be a cleaner city with less congestion,” said Thea Fuk Loy, 57, who was born and raised in the capital. The city is home to about 10 million people and 2.12 million trips are made there daily from the city’s outskirts. According to the recently released TomTom Traffic Index, Jakarta traffic showed the “biggest improvement” among 403 cities ranked. Congestion went down from 61 percent in 2017 to 53 percent in 2018. However, Jakarta still ranks as the seventh-most-congested city in the world. Read also: Central Jakarta thoroughfare to be closed during city’s anniver...