JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - These days, it is almost unthinkable to leave home without Google Maps. Jakarta's traffic-weary motorists rely on the application to find the best routes possible while drivers of ride-hailing services use it for the quickest way to get from point A to B. In March 2018, Google Maps launched a new feature designed to help motorcyclists find the least-clogged shortcuts, which most of the time, cut through some of the most crowded neighbourhoods and slums of Jakarta. The new feature, called #RuteKhususMotor (Special Motorbike Route) may have been a godsend for motorbike drivers, but it has added to the headache of those who actually live in the neighbourhoods that have seen a spike in traffic. In one of these neighbourhoods, locals got fed up by the worsening traffic and decided to take action. In Kota Bambu Selatan, West Jakarta, motorcycles have invaded the narrow Jl Ori - which has a width of an adult's outstretched arms - to avoid traffic … [Read more...] about Google Maps blamed for choked alleyways in Jakarta as commuters hunt for alternative routes
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The Asian Games is a blessing for pedestrians for it provided pavement constructions near the main sporting grounds such as on Jl. Sudirman and the Senayan area. A huge investment was put into the Games, with Rp 7 trillion alone going in for infrastructure and transportation. After clearing up our streets and making sporting facilities accessible to pedestrians during the Asian Games, can we continue to make Jakarta a walkable city (at the same rate) even after the Games? Jakarta was once a walkable city. Areas such the old town, Jl. Sabang in Central Jakarta and the Melawai area in South Jakarta were designed for pedestrians. However, rapid urbanization, coupled with a lack of vision for livability, gave way to the popularity of the motorcar and the rise of suburbia and single use zoning. Just in 2017 alone, over one million cars were sold. According to local government data, only 7 percent of the capital’s about 7,000 km of road have sidewalks. Past policies reinforced our … [Read more...] about After Asian Games, can we continue reclaiming Jakarta for pedestrians?
For a year now, Indonesia’s Lippo Group has been mass-advertising a US$20 billion mega-project known as Meikarta on the eastern fringes of Jakarta, describing the ambitious undertaking as “epic in scale and vision as a truly integrated city of the future.” Boasting 92 apartment and office towers, 18 of which are under construction, and 1.5 million square meters of prime commercial space, the 500-hectare development lies next to the new Kertajati international airport, the Trans-Jakarta Tollway and the planned Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In addition to shopping malls, an international standard hospital and 100 ha of parkland, plans for the self-contained super-city include 10 five-star hotels, 150 elementary and high schools, three universities and an industrial research center. For all its grand designs, however, Meikarta is fast becoming a millstone around the neck of Lippo Karawaci, … [Read more...] about Jakarta’s super-city becomes an exercise in ‘Lippo-suction’
Jakarta. In 2001, then-President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid made a quip about members of the House of Representatives, likening them to kindergartners. If he were to make such a statement today, would Gus Dur be subjected to prosecution? In February, lawmakers passed an amendment to the 2014 Legislative Law, known locally as the MD3 Law. Among other things, the amendments grant the legislative body’s ethics council (MKD) the power to press charges against those critical of the institution and its members. Eight parties, including the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Golkar Party and the Democratic Party, supported the bill. Whereas the United Development Party (PPP) and the National Democratic Party (Nasdem) are reportedly opposed to it. Members of the public, legal experts and various civil society organizations have voiced their concerns over the amended law, fearing it may jeopardize freedom of speech, freedom of expression and democracy in Southeast Asia's … [Read more...] about Reviewing the Controversial MD3 Law to Prevent People Freedom
JAKARTA: Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Friday that only Indonesian and Japanese companies will participate in the tender to build a 725-kilometre railway line between Jakarta and Surabaya. Public Infrastructure and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono subsequently confirmed that message when asked about the possible involvement of other countries in the tender process.Basuki told reporters that a "political decision" had been made that no other countries would be involved in the tender to issue contracts for the rail project.Japan lost out to China in 2015 in bidding to construct a high-speed railway between Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, and the West Java provincial capital Bandung.News of the restricted tender process emerged when the Indonesian transport minister briefed reporters on talks between Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Japanese lawmaker, who visited Indonesia as special envoy to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the presidential … [Read more...] about Indonesia, Japan firms to bid on Jakarta-Surabaya railway