Monday, April 29, 2019

"Indonesia is moving its capital city away from Jakarta"

Jakarta, home to over 10 million people, is sinking at one of the fastest rates in the world.


The idea of moving the capital has been floated several times since the country gained independence from the Dutch in 1945.

In 2016, a survey found that the mega-city had the world's worst traffic congestion. Government ministers have to be escorted by police convoys to get to meetings on time.

The planning minister says snarl-ups in Jakarta costs the economy 100 trillion rupiah ($6.8bn, £5.4bn) a year.
*Previously: "Jakarta's violent identity crisis: behind the vilification of Chinese-Indonesians"