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Jakarta Diary: Jakarta Dwellers Waste 22 Days On The Road Annually


Last update: 14/11/2017

By Mohd Shukri Ishak

Bernama's correspondent Mohd Shukri Ishak shares his story from Jakarta

JAKARTA (Bernama) -- Macet is a dreaded word in the Indonesian language for those living in Jakarta! It is the term that the locals use to describe the horrendous traffic gridlock that daily grips this city of more than 10 million people.

While back home motorists on the roads of Kuala Lumpur fume over the traffic snarls, I can tell you it is nothing compared with Jakarta where it may take hours to traverse a 10 kilometre stretch during peak hours.

Though traffic jams are the norm in major cities of the world but the congestion in this city formerly known as Batavia is extraordinary, with the Indonesian media constantly calling the government to take drastic action immediately to address the macet.

There is never ending commentaries in the online media here on the traffic nightmare, with many saying if the government fails to address the problem within the next three years Jakarta dwellers will see the traffic snarl beginning right at their door step.

Jakarta governor's representative Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno too lamented that the time wasted by Jakarta residents trapped in traffic jams is equivalent to 22 days in a year.....