Indonesia announces location of new capital

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Indonesia’s new capital will be located in the geographical center of the archipelago

The Indonesian government has chosen an area on the eastern edge of Borneo island as a location for the country’s new capital, President Joko Widodo announced on August 26.

The proposed site lies in the province of East Kalimantan near the city of Samarinda and the port city of Balikpapan, which is important for coal and oil shipments. That way, the new capital, which does not yet have a name, would be located in the geographical center of the archipelago and an area where the government already owns about 180,000 hectares of land, the President said.

“It is a strategic location at the center of Indonesia, close to growing urban areas,” Widodo said.

“We have concluded that the most ideal location for the new capital city is partly in Penajam Paser Utara District and partly in Kutai Kertanegara District,” he added.

He further noted that it was urgent that relocation plans from Jakarta commence, although the capital would not physically begin to be relocated until 2024.

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Design proposal for the new still unnamed new capital

Moving the capital would cost about $33 billion, of which the state would fund 19 per cent, with the rest coming from public-private partnerships and private investment. The costs cover new government offices and homes for about 1.5 million civil servants.

The government will submit a bill and the result of a feasibility study to parliament soon in order to obtain approval for the new capital, Widodo said. Planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said land acquisition would start in 2020.

An area of ​​3,000 hectares would be prepared for the first phase of the new capital’s development, including essential government and legislative buildings, Bambang said. Eventually, the city would cover a total area of around ​​200,000 to 300,000 hectares.

The Indonesian government has for decades discussed the possibility of moving the nation’s capital to another location in the archipelago, which could potentially help solve many of Jakarta’s most pressing urban problems such traffic, pollution, overpopulation and flooding, as well as lead to more balanced economic development for the country if the seat of power was moved outside of Java.

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Indonesia's new capital will be located in the geographical center of the archipelago The Indonesian government has chosen an area on the eastern edge of Borneo island as a location for the country’s new capital, President Joko Widodo announced on August 26. The proposed site lies in the province of East Kalimantan near the city of Samarinda and the port city of Balikpapan, which is important for coal and oil shipments. That way, the new capital, which does not yet have a name, would be located in the geographical center of the archipelago and an area where the government already...

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Indonesia’s new capital will be located in the geographical center of the archipelago

The Indonesian government has chosen an area on the eastern edge of Borneo island as a location for the country’s new capital, President Joko Widodo announced on August 26.

The proposed site lies in the province of East Kalimantan near the city of Samarinda and the port city of Balikpapan, which is important for coal and oil shipments. That way, the new capital, which does not yet have a name, would be located in the geographical center of the archipelago and an area where the government already owns about 180,000 hectares of land, the President said.

“It is a strategic location at the center of Indonesia, close to growing urban areas,” Widodo said.

“We have concluded that the most ideal location for the new capital city is partly in Penajam Paser Utara District and partly in Kutai Kertanegara District,” he added.

He further noted that it was urgent that relocation plans from Jakarta commence, although the capital would not physically begin to be relocated until 2024.

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Design proposal for the new still unnamed new capital

Moving the capital would cost about $33 billion, of which the state would fund 19 per cent, with the rest coming from public-private partnerships and private investment. The costs cover new government offices and homes for about 1.5 million civil servants.

The government will submit a bill and the result of a feasibility study to parliament soon in order to obtain approval for the new capital, Widodo said. Planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said land acquisition would start in 2020.

An area of ​​3,000 hectares would be prepared for the first phase of the new capital’s development, including essential government and legislative buildings, Bambang said. Eventually, the city would cover a total area of around ​​200,000 to 300,000 hectares.

The Indonesian government has for decades discussed the possibility of moving the nation’s capital to another location in the archipelago, which could potentially help solve many of Jakarta’s most pressing urban problems such traffic, pollution, overpopulation and flooding, as well as lead to more balanced economic development for the country if the seat of power was moved outside of Java.

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