Jakarta: National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro has reiterated that the construction of Indonesia's new capital city will not harm protected forests.
"We can develop a forest city concept. We will not harm the environment," Bambang said here on Wednesday.
According to the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the project will need 40 thousand hectares of land. It is estimated to cost around Rp446 trillion.
In addition, the city will be designed to house up to 1.5 million people. the population will mainly consist of of executive, legislative, and judicial members, members of the Indonesian National Police (Polri), members of the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI), along with their families.
In April, President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo decided to push ahead with his plan to move the capital from Jakarta and to build a new center of government outside Java, citing the need to ensure more equitable development and address overpopulation in Java.
Not long afterwards, leaders of Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and West Sulawei conveyed the readiness of their respective regions to offer a location for Indonesian new capital.
The relocation of Indonesia’s capital itself has actually been discussed since the era of President Sukarno, who had proposed Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan as the new capital city.