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Jakarta Post

Time for redesign as pandemic takes toll on Jakarta’s transformation

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 2, 2020   /  12:38 pm
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Invisible threat: Wearing a hazmat suit, a member of the TransJakarta supporters community holds up a placard with the latest COVID-19 case figures in Jakarta to remind passengers of complying with health protocol at the Harmoni bus shelter in Central Jakarta, on Friday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The upheaval that has come with the COVID-19 outbreak has put a dent in many urban development plans around the world, including in the transformation of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta into a resilient and forward-looking city. But the failure of its public health system to anticipate the pandemic has urban development experts pushing for a swift redesign of the city – one that is at once inclusive and geared toward health. Post-pandemic Jakarta needs to be healthier, including by having sufficient access to water, sanitation and waste management, and there is no better time than the present to implement it, believes Yurdhina Meilissa, chief strategist at the Center of Indonesia Strategic Development Initiatives. She said the importance of such bare necessities had long been thrown about in policymaking discussions, but their application had remained weak. “Thi...