Ground Report | New Delhi: What’s Indonesia new Capital; The capital of Indonesia is now going to be changed from Jakarta to the island of Borneo. The Indonesian parliament has passed a bill paving the way for the island of Borneo (Nusantara)to become the country’s new capital.
This step has been taken because the present capital Jakarta remains affected by traffic jams, air pollution, and floods. However, Jakarta will remain the commercial and financial center of Indonesia.
What’s Indonesia new Capital
More than thirty billion dollars will be spent on the construction of the new city on the island of Borneo. It will be called ‘Nusantara’, which means archipelago.
This new name has been chosen by the country’s President Joko Widodo from more than 80 options suggested. National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monorfa has said that this name reflects the geography of Indonesia.
The new capital will be in the province of East Kalimantan in Borneo, some 2,000 km northeast of Jakarta, the current capital on the island of Java, which will continue to be the financial and commercial center of the country. Nusantara will have a provincial-level administration, on a par with Indonesia’s 34 provinces.
Nusantara Capital City
The head of the Nusantara Capital City Authority, a nationwide body to develop the new capital, must be appointed within two months of the law being passed. The authority should start operating at the end of the year, assuming the following year the preparations for the relocation of the capital.
The latest draft of the law describes the “preparations, development and relocation” of the new capital as a “10-year national priority program.” A previous clause stating that the move should start in the first half of 2024 was removed.
Construction could start this year, after parliament approved a bill on the new capital on Tuesday.