Indonesia plans to move capital due to overcrowding in Jakarta

Brodjonegoro, however, said eastern Indonesia is favored.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially chose to move the country's capital city from Jakarta to an undecided location outside of the Java Island.

"The president opted the third option", Indonesian Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said on the sidelines of the meeting.

The first one was to continue keeping Jakarta as the country's capital but establish a new political hub centred around the national monument and the presidential palace in order to improve efficiency.

A total of three options were discussed at a special cabinet meeting yesterday (29th April), and Joko Widodo made a decision to move the capital outside Java, the country's most populated island.

Kuala Lumpur: The Government of Indonesia is going ahead with a plan to move its capital city from Jakarta, according to senior officials.

The island of Java is only the fourth largest in Indonesia but is home to more than 140 million people - more than half the country's population.

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The World Economic Forum noted that Jakarta was one of the fastest disappearing cities in the world.

He said moving the capital from the coastal city of Jakarta, on the north coast of Java, could take up to 10 years, citing examples such as Brazil, Malaysia and Kazakhstan.

"It has even been approaching 100 trillion rupiah a year this year as the traffic congestion in Jakarta is getting worse", the minister said, adding that the low-lying capital is also prone to floods.

Jokowi said during Monday's cabinet meeting that the new capital city should be 50-70 kilometers outside the city or it should be a location outside Java.

"If the civil servants move partially, around 870,000 residents, then (the government) would need up to 30,000 hectares of land", Basuki said.

Jokowi ordered his cabinet on Monday to start work on relocating the capital outside of Java island that houses more than 60 per cent of the country's 264 million population as he seeks to ensure economic development of the country's far-flung islands.


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