The Indonesian capital of Djakarta was once known among travellers as one of the dreariest cities in Asia.
The Indonesian capital of Djakarta was once known among travellers as one of the dreariest cities in Asia. But now the Indonesian authorities are changing that image and hope to turn the city into one of the liveliest in the region.
Djakarta--a city of five million people--is still dominated by the elaborate monuments of the Sukarno era, but the grandiose schemes that accompanied the late President's period in office are now no more. Now, the emphasis is on urban development.
Leisure activities have been expanded, housing improved, more schools and hospitals built and the authorities have clamped down on corruption in local government.
SYNOPSIS: The monuments of the Sukarno era still dominate the skyline of the Indonesian capital of Djakarta. But beneath the monuments the city itself, is changing rapidly under a new urban development scheme initiated by the city authorities.
Djakarta was once known among travellers as the dreariest city in Asia. Now the Indonesian authorities are changing all that and hope to make it one of the liveliest.
New buildings are sprouting everywhere, although they still remain in the shadow of the towering statues and monuments built for various causes by the late president Sukarno. Today, the people of Djakarta are enjoying better times. The city authorities now have 40 times as much money to spend as they did during the last days of the Sukarno era. Much of that money has been devoted to expanding leisure activities--not only for the locals but also for the tourists.
Although Moslem leaders have expressed alarm at the proliferation and diversity of recreational facilities now available, the Djakarta Governor, Lieutenant-General Ali Sadikin, replies that sometimes souls must be expendable.
In addition to expanding entertainment, the Governor has surged ahead with more schools hospitals less corruption and beggars, better roads and essential services and less unemployment and pollution. But there is still a large difference between the life-styles of the wealthy and the poor. Many of Djakarta's citizens still live in squalid hovels and still regard the stagnant canals as the bathroom, toilet and laundry.
If the present pace of development is maintained, even the poorest Djakarta family can soon expect something better.