Jakarta: National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro has revealed that the location of Indonesia's new capital city would be decided by the end of 2019.
"We would start the process in 2020. We would acquire land in the chosen location. We would also prepare basic infrastructures in the area," the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head told the press on Monday.
"We would start construction activities in 2022. We would build infrastructures, government buildings as well as residential and commercial complexes. Relocation activities could begin as soon as 2024," the minister added.
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Last week, President Joko "Jokowi" Wudodo visited East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan provinces to inspect alternative locations for Indonesia’s new capital.
According to President Jokowi, Gunung Mas regency in Central Kalimantan has the largest area compared to other candidates such as Soeharto Hill and Balikpapan in East Kalimantan.
“More than 300,000 hectares of lands are ready here (in Gunung Mas regency),” Cabinet Secretary's website quoted President Jokowi as saying.
Nevertheless, President Jokowi gave no direct answer when asked by reporters regarding a location most suitable among the three candidates for the new capital.
“I conduct the inspection to get the feelings and the team will conduct a thorough study which will make it easier to decide,” President Jokowi said.
President Jokowi went on to say that each candidate has its plus and minus points. Gunung Mas regency, for example, is a flood-free and earthquake-free area, yet it lacks infrastructure. On the other hand, Balikpapan has a lot of infrastructure, yet the water is salty and the city is a flood-prone area.