What Jakarta shares with other Asian megacities

Asia's biggest cities, from Shanghai to Dhaka, are struggling to manage the impact of decades of growth. Some are sinking. Most are traffic-choked. And almost all struggle with chronic air pollution. Worst of all, coastal cities face the threat of being inundated by rising seas.

Indonesia's capital Jakarta suffers from these urban ills more acutely than most, which is why President Joko Widodo recently announced a plan to move the government 1,450km away, to a relatively undeveloped section of Borneo.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2019, with the headline 'What Jakarta shares with other Asian megacities'. Print Edition | Subscribe