Moving questions for Indonesia before relocating its capital

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

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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. Subscribe