Moving questions for Indonesia before relocating its capital

Jakarta is indeed overcrowded and sinking. But several important issues need to be addressed, including funding

Home to more than 10 million people, Jakarta is one of the most congested cities in the world. It is also rapidly sinking - the result of unregulated extraction of groundwater and the weight of rapid urbanisation.

With some areas sinking by as much as 25cm a year, coupled with rising sea levels, experts believe up to a third of the city could be swamped by the Java Sea within 30 years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2019, with the headline 'Moving questions for Indonesia before relocating its capital'. Print Edition | Subscribe