Indonesia gets new capital in the jungle

Status: 01/18/2022 12:47 p.m

Indonesia’s capital Jakarta is in danger of sinking. Therefore, the new capital Nusantara is now being built on the island of Borneo. Parliament approved the government’s plan. Cost: 28 billion euros.

The capital of Indonesia is to be relocated from Jakarta on Java to the island of Borneo. The government’s plans have been known since 2019. Parliament has now cleared the way for the construction of the new capital. A corresponding law was passed by the deputies with a large majority.

Three years ago, President Joko Widodo announced that he wanted to give up the slowly sinking metropolis of Jakarta on the island of Java as the capital. The cost of moving to the rainforest-covered province of East Kalimantan: 32 billion dollars – the equivalent of 28 billion euros.

It was announced on Monday that the new capital will be called Nusantara – an old Javanese word that means “outer islands” and is used in everyday language as a synonym for the Indonesian archipelago.

Jakarta is slowly sinking into the sea

The background to the move is the numerous problems that weigh on Jakarta. About 35 million people live in the metropolitan area of ​​Jakarta. Traffic jams and smog are the order of the day. In addition, there are regular floods because 40 percent of the capital is below sea level.

By 2050, experts say the entire area of ​​North Jakarta could be flooded. The main reason for the problems is the excessive pumping of groundwater. Added to this is the daily collapse in traffic and high levels of air pollution.

Jakarta is repeatedly plagued by floods

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6000 hectares of forest have to be cleared

In Borneo, 6,000 hectares of forest are now being cleared to build important buildings such as the new presidential palace. Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is known for its jungle and orangutans that live on the island. Borneo is divided between Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Indonesian part is called Kalimantan.

Nusantara is to be built in eastern Kalimantan. The first authorities are to move as early as 2024, shortly before the end of President Joko Widodo’s second and last term in office.

Reference-www.tagesschau.de

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