VP Jusu Kalla Lead the limited meeting on the Greater Jakarta Inter-moda Transportation System Integration on Monday (01/28) - Photo by President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government intends to find a solution to the problems of transportation in the capital city by form Greater Jakarta Inter-mode Transportation System Integration, said Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) at his office on Monday (01/28).

According to him, all transportation in Jakarta must be synchronized in one operation to benefit other sectors and the surrounding regional government. To integrate the transportation system, according to JK, need costs Rp600 trillion (US$42.55 billion) in 10 years period, taken from the State or Regional budget, or in the form of private investment.

To manage the program, he said, the government will set up the authority agency, he added. Kalla revealed, the body will coordinate the integration of modes of transportation of its territory with other regions. This planned its expected to encourages people to use public transportation.

So far, to encourage people to ride public transportation, the government will increase parking incentives, or Earning Road Price (ERP) system for private vehicles.

In addition, at the meeting, the government also discussed the spatial planning of residential areas in Jakarta. The flow of urbanization to the capital city, said JK, has created locations for slums that are almost all illegal. Many are built on the banks of rivers which cause flooding if heavy rains and water volume increase.

Of the total housing area covering 42,440.61 hectares (66.52 percent of Jakarta’ area), 20.18 percent are slum areas. If it is not seriously dealt with, it can cause problems in reducing environmental quality.

Therefore the construction of settlements must be reorganized so that they are conceptualized and connected. Horizontal houses, especially in densely populated areas need to be reorganized into vertical settlements that are healthier for residents and the environment. Kalla rated, uninhabitable slums are rejuvenated and made into integrated areas.

For that, he asked, aach regional head must immediately complete the Regional Spatial Plan in the next 10 years. The arrangement follows a basic philosophy in which people are less able to live in areas near work. While people are able to live outside the city.

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Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com