In an attempt to make Jakarta an efficient city, the capital is to have a massive amount of infrastructure built and expanded within 10 years, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said.

The idea was discussed and agreed to during a meeting on Monday hosted by Vice President Jusuf Kalla for several other officials, including the governors of Jakarta and Banten, the deputy mayor of West Java and the finance minister.

Anies explained that the budget for the decade-long project, which he said might amount to Rp 605 trillion (US$41 billion), would be financed by the central government and the city administration.

“If we want to be an efficient city, we would need Transjakarta to span 2,149 kilometers. Today we have just 1,100 km, which means additional buses are required,” he told the press briefing on Monday.

“Light rapid transit [LRT] is now only 5.8 km long; we need it to be more than 130 km long. The MRT is now about 16 km long and it has to be built to be 112 km long,” he added.

Moreover, Anies said there also had to be more than 20,000 public minivans to serve smaller areas.

He added that the city would have to build 600,000 housing units, as well as ensure 100 percent of the city got a clean water supply and more than 50 percent of it received wastewater service within the same length of time.

The governor said he had expected to prepare the budget and funding plans within a month with the relevant government ministries.

“[The infrastructure expansion] starts with Jakarta, then would extend to other regions,” he said.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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