Jakarta. Against the backdrop of the Indonesian capital's 489th anniversary on Wednesday (22/06), urban planning expert Yayat Supriatna has urged fellow Jakartans to be actively involved in developing the city.
Yayat believes that developing Jakarta is not only through constructing buildings, but also through societal development, as residents should express their pride in the city by contributing to its advancement.
"The simplest thing we can do is to keep the city clean by not littering. Just because there are street cleaners does not mean we cannot take part in maintaining the cleanliness of our city – don't be spoiled," Yayat said.
According to the urban planning expert, the Jakarta provincial government has been trying to push through various reforms, beginning with the city's bureaucracy – which seems to be improving – and efforts to solve waste, flood and traffic management problems.
"As we can see, garbage chutes have been transported, traffic congestion has been reduced, but because Jakarta is such a magnet for problems, there's an endless stream [of new problems]," Yayat said.
However, he added that the provincial government has been doing a far better job than previously.
He called on Jakarta residents to care more about the city and not to continually rely on the governor to do the dirty work.
"The level of ignorance among Jakartans is still at an all-time high, despite this being key to help the city to develop," he said. "If the governor manages to resolve the issue regarding the TransJakarta [busway service], will there be more people using the buses?"