Like many other big cities, Jakarta is well known for its horrendous traffic.
Add some-lots-of rain to the mixture…
Here’s what you’ll end up with
I considered myself lucky enough because my office isn’t around the famous golden triangle – main business district of Jakarta or else I would be one of those who suffer every day going in and out of work, fighting this crazy traffic.
With rain pouring in daily – predicted to stay until February of next year – flooded streets are causing great major traffic jam. Last week, I was stuck in traffic for 2 hours going home and after that I decided to walk a bit with my umbrella further down the street so I can grab a cab then went straight into the toll road.
Not only has the flood, the strong winds also been causing lots of damages in and around Jakarta. One of the drivers at work had his roof blown away.
Watching the news last night, seeing the deadlock on the main roads of Jakarta, floods here and there, I wonder what has the Jakarta’s government done to solve these recurring problems? Every year, people here have to deal with floods and traffic well I hate the traffic here and seriously, people will grow old just going from point A to point B!
Has the government do anything real to solve it? Or they are too busy handing out building permits for more fancy swanky malls and apartments?
Don’t even let me started on the mentality of plenty of people behind the wheels here!
Lack of disciplines plays a huge role too in making the traffic jam even worst. Jakarta is one of the countries where a two way lanes streets can transformed itself into three or four! Amazing huh?
People switching lanes without any blinkers, motorbikes cutting in and out of your way like they’re a mouse going through a maze, obnoxious bus drivers who stopped wherever and waited for their passengers to get on-board whenever they feel like, it all plays some roles in creating this living in Jakarta nightmare.
Some experts has already predict that Jakarta will come to a complete lock-down on its street by the year 2015 but at the rate that we’re going, traffic will be most likely to come to a complete halt sooner.
Sadly, Jakarta’s governor is more proud of showing off Jakarta’s grand malls instead of fixing the infrastructure that will ensure we can minimize flooding.
Will Jakarta emerge from these problems? Clearly moving the capital will not solve the problem in the long run, that’s what this Mom thinks!