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Jakarta Post

New capital to be ‘smart, green, beautiful’, govt says

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 14, 2019   /  08:00 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (third left), along with other officials, studies a map during a visit to Bukit Soeharto in Kutai Kartanegara regency, East Kalimantan on May 7. Bukit Soeharto, is one of several areas that have been mooted as a new capital city. (Antara/Agus Salim)

The development of the new capital of the future will not forsake environmental and forest protection, the government has insisted, promising that the new administrative hub will be a “smart, green and beautiful” city. As locations in Kalimantan—often dubbed the world’s lungs for its vast forest area— have become options for the country’s new capital, concerns have mounted among activists over the possible impact of the relocation on the environment. “We are committed to not interfering with environmental [protection] when we develop a new capital,” National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro said in answer to the concerns on Monday. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently visited two alternative locations to set up the country’s new administrative hub, namely Bukit Soeharto in East Ka...