November 29, 2023
JAKARTA – The Jakarta provincial administration has allocated Rp 6.9 trillion (US$446.9 million) in the 2024 city budget to curb traffic congestion in the capital city by improving public transportation.
Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said most of the budget, or Rp 4.9 trillion, would be used for public service obligation (PSO).
“[The budget] is also for curbing illegal parking and traffic control [in Jakarta],” Syafrin said as quoted by kompas.com.
Syafrin said the city administration was focusing on improving the quality and quantity of public transportation in Jakarta to provide safety and convenience for the public.
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“So, people can shift from private vehicles to public transportation,” he added.
The City Council had endorsed on Nov. 15 a bylaw draft on the 2024 regional budget worth Rp 81.71 trillion.
Deputy Speaker Khoirudin asked the city administration to use the budget to control the congestion in the capital city. This congestion management was set as one of the provincial administration’s priority programs in 2024.
“To control traffic congestion, this budget has to be on target and reduce congestion,” Khoirudin said on Nov. 15, as reported by kompas.com.
In addition to congestion management, other priority programs directly affecting Jakarta citizens include managing floods, reducing stunting, alleviating poverty, accelerating economic growth and strengthening democratic values.
Khoirudin added that the City Council would also monitor the priority programs next year, including the utilization of the budget and the implementation of the programs.