Indonesia to create new capital city, probably at Palangkaraya

Indonesia may have a new capital soon as Jakarta, home to about 10 million people, is learned to be one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world.

Indonesia to create new capital city, probably at Palangkaraya

The decision of relocating capital comes from President Joko Widodo, as announced by the country’s Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro.

The idea is not new. It is said moving capital from Jakarta was first discussed decades ago when Indonesia achieved independence from the Dutch.

a finding suggest the capital would be partly submerged by 2050. The current rate of sinking is 8 feet in about ten years.

More to this, traffic congestion and pollution have alos become one of the major reasons for moving the capital to better and planned city. The cabinet minister adds traffic costs Indonesian economy about $6.8 billion annually.

Before the final decision several other options were looked into it including creating a special zone for government offices outside Jakarta.

As of now no new location has been chosen but state media reports it could be Palangkaraya, which is in the middle of the island chain and Indonesia’s first president Sukarno favored it earlier.

It is not yet clear when the decision will be implemented.

The idea is not new. It is said moving capital from Jakarta was first discussed decades ago when Indonesia achieved independence from the Dutch.

Meanwhile, in recent general elections Widodo has secured another term though official results are yet to be announced. His challenger too has declared victory.

After a cabinet meeting on Monday the president said, “The idea to move the capital city appeared long ago. … But it has never been decided or discussed in a planned and mature manner.”

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