Indonesia to relocate capital to Kalimantan by 2024

Indonesia To Relocate Capital To Kalimantan By 2024

Indonesia will start moving its capital city from Java from 2024, Bambang Brodjonegoro, minister of national development planning, said on June 18 at a press meeting in Jakarta.

Brodjonegoro said that a study for the relocation process was more than 90 per cent completed. When the study is finalised, it would be delivered to President Joko Widodo, before the government makes an announcement on the timeline of the relocation and the exact location at the end of this year.

Then, construction of buildings and infrastructure at the chosen site for the new capital would be undertaken between 2021 and 2023, with the goal of starting the actual relocation of government offices by 2024.

“In 2024 the process of moving will begin,” Brodjonegoro said.

As for the location, government officials have hinted that the new capital will be set up in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo island. President Joko Widodo himself visited the island in May specifically to survey possible new capital cities and revealed that the Balikpapan area (Bukit Soeharto or Bukit Nyuling) in East Kalimantan and Gunung Mas and Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan are among the frontrunners. However, destinations in South Kalimantan and West Sulawesi are also under consideration.

Brodjonegoro noted that Kalimantan had the least potential for natural disasters compared to other parts of the country. He, however, did not provide an estimate of how much it will cost to relocate the capital but said that the president has ordered the finance ministry to come up with a scheme to allow private investment.

The move is aimed to help solve many of the current capital Jakarta’s most pressing urban problems such as traffic, pollution, overpopulation and regular flooding, as well as should lead to more balanced economic development for the country if the capital was moved outside of Java.

Brodjonegoro put the annual economic loss due to traffic congestion in Jakarta at 100 trillion rupiah ($7.04 billion). Jakarta, home to more than ten million people, is also sinking due to over-extraction of groundwater.

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Indonesia will start moving its capital city from Java from 2024, Bambang Brodjonegoro, minister of national development planning, said on June 18 at a press meeting in Jakarta. Brodjonegoro said that a study for the relocation process was more than 90 per cent completed. When the study is finalised, it would be delivered to President Joko Widodo, before the government makes an announcement on the timeline of the relocation and the exact location at the end of this year. Then, construction of buildings and infrastructure at the chosen site for the new capital would be undertaken between 2021 and 2023,...

Indonesia To Relocate Capital To Kalimantan By 2024

Indonesia will start moving its capital city from Java from 2024, Bambang Brodjonegoro, minister of national development planning, said on June 18 at a press meeting in Jakarta.

Brodjonegoro said that a study for the relocation process was more than 90 per cent completed. When the study is finalised, it would be delivered to President Joko Widodo, before the government makes an announcement on the timeline of the relocation and the exact location at the end of this year.

Then, construction of buildings and infrastructure at the chosen site for the new capital would be undertaken between 2021 and 2023, with the goal of starting the actual relocation of government offices by 2024.

“In 2024 the process of moving will begin,” Brodjonegoro said.

As for the location, government officials have hinted that the new capital will be set up in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo island. President Joko Widodo himself visited the island in May specifically to survey possible new capital cities and revealed that the Balikpapan area (Bukit Soeharto or Bukit Nyuling) in East Kalimantan and Gunung Mas and Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan are among the frontrunners. However, destinations in South Kalimantan and West Sulawesi are also under consideration.

Brodjonegoro noted that Kalimantan had the least potential for natural disasters compared to other parts of the country. He, however, did not provide an estimate of how much it will cost to relocate the capital but said that the president has ordered the finance ministry to come up with a scheme to allow private investment.

The move is aimed to help solve many of the current capital Jakarta’s most pressing urban problems such as traffic, pollution, overpopulation and regular flooding, as well as should lead to more balanced economic development for the country if the capital was moved outside of Java.

Brodjonegoro put the annual economic loss due to traffic congestion in Jakarta at 100 trillion rupiah ($7.04 billion). Jakarta, home to more than ten million people, is also sinking due to over-extraction of groundwater.

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