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#31851 - 13 Mar 06 10:58 Y!/Indonesia's infrastructure drive hits potholes
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From http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/060312/1/3zavv.html

Sunday March 12, 11:46 AM

Indonesia's infrastructure drive hits potholes

The hazards of driving fast on Indonesian roads are escalating: if you don't hit one of the countless potholes, you may find your expressway sinking.

Now analysts warn that unless investment perks up this year, Indonesia's economy may head in the same direction.

Disappearing roads have joined regular power outages, an overburdened phone network and a groaning railway system on Indonesia's list of things-to-fix as Southeast Asia's largest economy fights off a looming infrastructure crisis.

Few roads, bridges, power plants or any other pieces of infrastructure have been built here since the Asian financial crisis struck in 1997, crippling Indonesia and unleashing political turmoil as well.

In 1996 Indonesia outranked Thailand, Taiwan, China and Sri Lanka in terms of infrastructure quality, according to figures in a government report released this month.

Now, the world's fourth largest nation ranks close to bottom in the region for most of the indicators.

It came in 11 out of 12 nations on its electrification rates, with just 53 percent of Indonesia's 220 million people connected to an electricity grid, figures in the report showed.

It crawled in at last place on fixed telephone connections -- at four percent -- and eighth on its road network, with just 1.7 kilometers (miles) of roads per 1,000 people. And about 40 percent of that road network is damaged.

Just 55 percent of people have access to sanitation, while only 14 percent have access to clean water, and national electricity supply is "at worrying levels," it said.

"Outside Java and Bali, several regions are experiencing an electricity crisis because their systems operate with extremely low reserve margins of below 15 percent in average," it added.

The government admitted last year that Indonesia needed up to 150 billion dollars over a five-year period to build infrastructure to revive the economy as it claws its way out of the 1990s crisis.

"Indonesia's crumbling infrastructure is hurting the economy. The situation is very critical because the government has no money for maintaining what it has, let alone building anew," economist Sri Adiningsih from Gadjah Mada University told AFP.

"For example, the sorry state of roads and traffic in Jakarta and its surrounding area is hampering economic activities and the movement of goods. It is very costly," she said.

Two sections of a toll road linking Jakarta to Bandung in West Java province have dramatically subsided since it was hurriedly completed in April last year to coincide with a summit of the world's non-aligned nations.

The government insists it is trying to turn the corner.

In its report, it says it wants to accelerate infrastructure development by improving investment policy, streamlining administration and improving competitiveness. But it concedes it can fund only about 20 percent of projects from its budget and must rely on investors to foot the rest of the bill.

In January 2005, it held a much-vaunted summit aimed at attracting foreign investors and announced 91 projects worth more than 22.5 billion dollars.

The outlook document said 24 projects worth six billion dollars had been secured but National Development Minister Paskah Suzetta admitted recently that only about 20 percent of the projects on offer attracted foreign investors.

"Investor interest is scant but the projects must go ahead," he said, conceding that it was difficult to attract foreign investors -- a reference to concerns about rampant corruption and legal uncertainty, among other disincentives.

A second infrastructure summit has been postponed twice -- amid claims more time was needed to fine-tune regulations for the tender and implementation of the projects -- and is expected to be held later this year. Some 25 projects worth seven billion dollars are due to be offered.

The government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who assumed office in October 2004, is targetting economic growth of 6.6 percent this year after 5.05 percent in 2005.

"Infrastructure is getting worse and this severely affects our competitiveness," economist Faisal Basri from the University of Indonesia told AFP.

"How can the economy grow faster if roads are clogged, ports are congested and electricity is scarce?"
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#31852 - 14 Mar 06 05:39 Re: Y!/Indonesia's infrastructure drive hits potholes
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Dear sir,

How dare you imply that Indonesian infrastructure is anything less than world class?

Potholes? Our “random traffic calmers” successfully keep speeding motorists from driving at high speed on our roads, and presenting a danger to pedestrians out enjoying the breathtaking views of our city.

Power cuts? Our new “greenhouse gas emission” reduction strategy successfully meets our Kyoto protocol requirements, Under the new power management controls greenhouse gasses have been reduced by up to 50%. Mention should also be made of the numerus lives saved during these periods of disconnection. Electricity is a dangerous thing, and the more we learn to live without it the better for our citizens.

Telephone problems? We remain firmly committed to the “integrated family network” ideals, and refuse to allow Indonesia to slide down the same path of many of our Asian neighbours. We believe that our families should enjoy regular tactile contact, and not rely upon the telephone or SMS messaging. Why talk on the telephone when you can sit around the Kampung fire and chat?

Groaning railways? We are very proud of our mass transportation system, which is one of the few in the world to feature fully ventilated upper decks. Our introduction of the new cheaper “away day side hanger” class has been enormously popular, although ticket collection remains problematical at this time. There are also some current problems with passengers alighting whist the train is in motion. This is strictly against the rules, and will not be tolerated.

Finally, we take great offence at your suggestion that the toll road linking Jakarta to Bandung has subsided. Our new tunnelling operations are well underway, and by 2020 we expect the entire highway to be completely underground.

Yours truly,

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#31853 - 14 Mar 06 16:59 Re: Y!/Indonesia's infrastructure drive hits potholes
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Registered: 26 Nov 05
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Loc: Sydney
kaki kiri kaki kiri!
HOW do those people get off the bus when its moving????I am so unco its not funny.
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#31854 - 14 Mar 06 18:17 Re: Y!/Indonesia's infrastructure drive hits potholes
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Registered: 23 Nov 05
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train darling,

i was talking about the people who hang on the side of the tain, then leg go and fall off.

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