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Jakarta Post

Govt sets eyes on East Kalimantan

  • Ghina Ghaliya and N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Balikpapan   /   Sat, May 18 2019   /  12:26 am

Following the trips of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to Kalimantan in his quest to find a new capital city, the government has inclined to pick Bukit Soeharto in East Kalimantan, which is seen as a more favorable option.With an international airport and a seaport, the province is more promising than Central Kalimantan, which is consisted of vast fire-prone peat forests. National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said the only weakness of East Kalimantan was that several areas near river upstreams were prone to floods and lack clean water systems.The location in Central Kalimantan, he said, was too far from a seaport, had limited availability of groundwater resources as there was only river water available, and the peat in most of its areas were vulnerable to forest and land fires.Bambang said the government might have to build parts of the areas in Bukit Soeharto, w...