Hunt for Indonesia’s New Capital

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Bambang Brodjonegoro, Indonesia’s minister of National Development and Planning Board Chief, recently announced that members of the government are currently in talks to move the capital away from Jakarta. The current government is considering the eastern side of the archipelago as the destination of the new capital. Two of the possible contenders for the new capital city are Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and Makassar in South Sulawesi. This move might take up to 10 years. Jakarta is home to more than 10 million people, however about three times that number reside in satellite towns, which adds to the capital’s congestion. Brodjonegoro projected that the economic loss of Jakarta due to traffic alone is 100 trillion rupiah ($7.04 billion). The need to shift to a new capital city is even
more urgent as Jakarta is prone to flooding and is sinking due to over-extraction of groundwater.

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