Governor Bowo's priority programs include:
- Mitigating traffic jams caused by the ongoing construction of busway corridors VIII, IX and X
- Managing and re-routing traffic
- Preparing Mass Rapid Transit project
- Improving existing city institutions and issuing related regulations
- Mitigating floods
- Giving aid to the poor in the form of scholarship, staple foods and health insurance
- Providing more regulations, public facilities and easier access for handicapped
- Revitalizing Jakarta's slums
- Fighting drug abuse
- Intensifying communication between the governor and Jakartans
He has able to identified the current and recurring problem of Jakarta which is transportation problem. Firstly, he addressed the traffic problem caused by the ongoing construction of busway lanes and he promised to "expand the streets alongside the busway lane construction and build ramps on busway lanes for motorists temporarily to use them, as well as assigning officers from the public order and city transportation agencies to monitor areas prone to traffic jams."
The governor also promised the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project stretching 14.3 kilometers from South Jakarta's Lebak Bulus to Central Jakarta's Dukuh Atas would begin by the end of 2007. He asserted that the loan for the project which is expected to cost US$ 910 million has been secured from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. He expected to recruit a company to handle the project by this year, complete the construction in 2012 and operate the MRT in 2014.
Governor Bowo also identified another big problem of Jakarta which is flood. He will focus to finish acquiring land for the East Flood Canal. He asserted that the administration needs to complete the acquisition of 13 hectares of land from residents of North Jakarta's Rorotan and Marunda subdistricts. Micro and macro drainage, flood control pump, and preparing the society on flood area will also be implemented.
...the root causes of [Jakarta's problems] are centered around population
pressures and environmental deterioration.
... around 111,000 people move from Jakarta to its neighboring cities
annually, as many as 123,000 migrants come to Jakarta every year from other
places in the country... Unfortunately, many people who move from Jakarta to
Bekasi, Tangerang and Depok still need to commute to Jakarta everyday for work.
Traffic jams at notorious bottleneck areas of the inner-city toll road, such as
at Cawang and Tomang, are an everyday phenomenon.
... migrants from other regions are trying their luck in the big smoke.
Many are jobless, homeless, unskilled or uneducated and often end up on the
streets, begging, scavenging, or working casually, and living in slums. Many
probably didn't think of the consequences of moving to a big city before coming
to Jakarta, but the image of the capital city as a place of opportunity may have
persuaded them to come and just try their luck.