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Goodbye West Java, hello Jakarta: Bekasi, Depok want to merge with the capital

  • Sausan Atika and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Bandung   /   Mon, August 26, 2019   /  09:09 am
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Vehicles pass beneath an elevated railway and highway along a section of the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road in Bekasi, West Java, on May 14, 2019. (Antara/Risky Andrianto)

A resident of the satellite city of Bekasi, Randa Gusti says he spends more time in the nation's capital for work and leisure than other areas in West Java – Bekasi's administrative region. Known as an industrial center, Bekasi is around 25 kilometers from Jakarta and some 130 km from the West Java capital of Bandung. Randa believes the city has been growing on its own without much help from the provincial administration. So when an idea emerged on establishing a new province called "Greater Bogor", he quickly leapt into the discussion, saying it was better for Bekasi to merge with Jakarta instead. "It would be easier to integrate public transportation, because many Bekasi people work in Jakarta like me," said the 29-year-old, adding that it was also more reasonable since Bekasi was closer to Jakarta ...