24 Nov '17, 8am

From traffic jams to floods, can Indonesia's "Big Durian" be fixed?

In addition to its infamous congestion Jakarta suffers from water scarcity, poor sanitation, regular flooding, air pollution and a lack of affordable housing By Michael Taylor KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aida Widyawati boards a commuter train each day to travel from her home in South Tangerang, west of Jakarta, to her job as an office manager in the centre of Indonesia's capital. The 120-km (75-mile) round trip takes three and a half hours on a good day. Last month, the mother-of-two sprained both ankles falling down some stairs at home and was forced to take a taxi to work. Her total journey time rose to six hours. In the monsoon season, her commute time can easily double. "It is very boring," said Widyawati, who tries to catch up on sleep during her travels to work. "I just hope that the government will one day offer a better service." Widyawati i...

Full article: http://news.trust.org/item/20171124020838-1ontk

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