Asian Games XVIII ......... and its impact

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  1. jstar

    jstar Mr. 10,000

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    Indoneaia is organizing the Asian Games this time. The Games will start on 18 August and end on 2 September this year. Unlike the Olympic Games, the choice of organizing country is rather chaotic, to put it mildly. First Vietnam would be the organizer but that got canceled. Dubai claimed it was never a contender, etc.

    Anyway, the major locations you will see on all posters are Jakarta and Palembang, but there are more sites in West Java (e.g. Bandung) which are participating.

    It seems building the venues is rather on track. Because of construction, for our area the impact is rather big. Noise day and night bright lights and changing roads and constant traffic disruptions.

    And as to be expected, the major challenge is transportation. Studies showed that in Jakarta the access to basketball venues etc. would take hours (from the hotels).

    The part of the LRT (the light rail project, the replacement of the monorail) between Velodrome Rawamangun and Kelapa Gading had to be finished before the games. And all officials were always positive and enthusiastic about the progress and deadline. So all skeptics were amateurs who had no idea.

    Until the Vice President, Yusuf Kalla, recently declared the LRT would not be ready before the Games. Oops. What a surprise.

    But no panic, busses will make sure all athletes, supporting staff and public will arrive at their destinations. And there should be dedicated lanes for these buses. Que? If you look at the streets next to the pillars of the LRT track; they are strips of 4 meters wide which have to be conquered by a 4WD.

    But luckily there is also a call for closing the schools in the vicinity of the trajects and venues when important disciplines are scheduled...

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  2. Daniel50

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    Ohhhhh............maybe that explains why Malaysia' ex Prim Minister Najib was going to fly to Jakarta, with the help of an Indonesian business man, on a private jet........to get the games and venues up to speed before the start. Well unfortunately the new Malaysian gov't banned Najib and wife from leaving the country so there goes the help.
     
  3. waarmstrong

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    Our visit to Indonesia this summer ends a week or so before the games start .... fortunately.
     
  4. Supir Angkot

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    But you maybe just in time for another grand event aka Pesta Demokrasi Pilkada Serentak 2018 - Simultaneous gubernatorial elections held across the country.
     
  5. dafluff

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    I wish governments around the world would just stop trying to host these prestige projects. Olympics, Asian Games, FIFA world cups, they all end up as boondoggles.
     
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    I know someone who is one of the project managers for one of the sections of the LRT. My wife was talking to her about it back in late Feb, early March. She said there was no way the section her team is working on would be finished, let alone the whole thing.
     
  7. jstar

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    Can you imagine what the security will have to be? There must be some panic now...
     
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    harryopal Active Member Charter Member

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    It would be wrong to say that infrastructure developments for Asian and Olympic games have nothing to do with the games but the real impetus is the wheeling and dealing done by those engaged in construction and sewing up deals. It would be an interesting project for someone majoring in economics to develop a thesis tracing out projects for a number of these international events and see who are the players and the beneficiaries. Never mind if some or many projects never really come up to scratch or there are big blowouts in costs. The taxpayers will cover the blow outs and those shaking hands and setting up the deals win every time.
     
  9. jstar

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    Yes in those huge infrastructure projects, a lot sticks to the fingers. But that also applies to many road improvements (even with deliberate inferior quality, see Belgium for instance) , military projects, etc. in the western world.

    And in the meantime....

    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia
     
  10. waarmstrong

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    Being the political junkie that I am, I am more OK with that kind of event.
     
  11. HeikkiL

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    If Jakarta looks like a construction area for all these raised tracks (bus, train, batmobile...), you guys should see Palembang! I was there a few weeks ago in a work trip and the whole city was under construction! The streets full with large cut-outs, raised railway lanes heavily under construction etc. The main fast rail station next to airport looked like it needs several years to be completed and games are in couple of months... The whole extent of tearing up the city infra was massive and also make Palembang look like the least attractive city in Indonesia! I asked does anyone really expect all (or even half) to be ready for the games, locals still had some (childish?) faith that somehow all will be OK by then. I wasn't so sure about that...
     
  12. dafluff

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    You obviously haven't heard of Roro Jonggrang. The mythical Javanese princess who as a condition to her hand in marriage required Bandung Bondowoso to build 1000 temples in one night. And Bandung Bondowoso would have succeeded too, but came short 1 temple due to Roro Jonggrang's trickery.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roro_Jonggrang
     
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