Future Jakarta may include deep sea harbor and a floating airport

19 April, 2012 | Source: Jakarta Post

Jakarta′s future strategies in facing its environmental challenges might involve a deep-sea harbor and floating airport, according to Governor Fauzi Bowo.

Speaking Thursday evening after attending an exhibition about urban problems and future visions for cities in Australia, Fauzi said he already had a "concrete vision in the making" for Jakarta′s problems. 

"Due to the environmental impact on Jakarta, such as increasing sea levels and land subsidence in the North, we are already envisioning that new development may no longer be able to be developed on land. For instance, moving the Tanjung Priok port to become a deep-sea harbor so we can reclaim some areas in the Thousand Islands and in the future, say 50 to 100 years from now, it could be developed into an international harbor," he said. 

Fauzi also mentioned the possibility of building an airport on one of the islands in the Thousand Islands. 

"People say that the [Soekarno-Hatta] airport in Cengkareng [Tangerang] is overcrowded, but where can we develop a new airport, given the difficulties in finding land [to develop]. My proposal is why not reclaim one of the islands and build a floating airport?" he said. 

He made his comments during the official opening of the exhibition NOW and WHEN: Kota Masa Depan, which centers around the current problems faced by Australia′s East Coast cities, in contrast to the increasing mining activities in the Western Australian outback, as well as the speculative approaches regarding the future of cities in responding to various challenges. 

"It is perhaps not quite right to compare Jakarta to any of the large cities in Australia; they′re not exactly alike ... But what is clear is urban challenges are the same around the world. We are facing an explosion in population numbers, limited funding for facilities to meet rising demand and environmental constraints," he added in reference to the exhibition, which will run until April 24 in Pacific Place Mall, South Jakarta. 

The exhibition, which is free of charge, has been developed by the Australian Institute of Architects and is supported by the Australian government.

 

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