Jakarta, 17 Shawal 1438/7 July 2017 (MINA) – The Indonesian government through the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) is studyng the relocation of the capital city from Jakarta to outside Java Island.
Kalimantan is a strong candidate with 3 locations, East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.
So which region is most eligible to be the new capital city as a substitute for Jakarta?
Minister of Public Works and People’s Housing (PUPR), Basuki Hadimuljono said, the three areas are still most likely to be the new capital city. But the study of the local soil becomes the fundamental thing that must be considered from the three regions.
“The land in Kalimantan is a peat,” Basuki said at the Parliament Building, Jakarta, Monday. Detik reported.
The three regions does not have the same land structure. Central Kalimantan, the city where Palangka Raya is located has peat and alluvial soil. While the characteristics of land in East Kalimantan is different.
Basuki is still waiting for the study of Bappenas to take the next step related to the relocation.. Soil condition becomes a concern because Soil condition becomes a concern because it will be the foundation of infrastructure development to be built.
Meanwhile, Chief of Presidential Staff Teten Masduki said the idea of removing the capital city came from Jokowi’s experience while he was a Governor of Jakarta.
On the other hand, said Teten, the government wants to have a balance between the center administration and the region. Moving the capital city is considered to be a solution of equity.
“There are many alternatives such as in Kalimantan Island, the area is still wide, there is no threat of earthquake, I think it is good,” said Teten.
The government also reflects on the countries that have separated the nation’s capital with its business center. The United States moved the capital from New York to Washington. Australia moved the capital from Melbourne to Canberra.
On financing, Teten said the government can seek alternative financing in cooperation with the private sector. (P2/RS5)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)