Indonesia To Relocate Capital

Indonesia To Relocate Capital

Indonesia is moving its capital city away from Jakarta, according to the country’s planning minister. Bambang Brodjonegoro said president Joko Widodo had chosen to relocate the capital in “an important decision.” The new location is not yet known. However, state media reports one of the front runners is Palangkaraya, on the island of Borneo. Jakarta,

Indonesia is moving its capital city away from Jakarta, according to the country’s planning minister.
Bambang Brodjonegoro said president Joko Widodo had chosen to relocate the capital in “an important decision.”
The new location is not yet known. However, state media reports one of the front runners is Palangkaraya, on the island of Borneo. Jakarta, home to over 10 million people, is sinking at one of the fastest rates in the world.
The announcement comes after Mr Widodo declared victory in the country’s general election, though official results will not be announced until May 22.
The idea of moving the capital has been floated several times since the country gained independence from the Dutch in 1945.
In 2016, a survey found that the mega-city had the world’s worst traffic congestion. Government ministers have to be escorted by police convoys to get to meetings on time.
The planning minister says snarl-ups in Jakarta cost the economy 100 trillion rupiah ($6.8bn, £5.4bn).
Jakarta is also one of the fastest sinking cities in the world.
Researchers say that large parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050. North Jakarta sunk 2.5m (eight feet) in 10 years and is continuing to sink an average of 1-15cm a year.
The city sits on the coast on swampy land, criss-crossed by 13 rivers.

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