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Jakarta Post

'It's final,' minister says of capital relocation

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 24, 2019   /  11:12 am
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A worker removes stones from a destroyed sidewalk in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Monday. The Cikini sidewalk revitalization project, for which the city has allocated Rp 75 billion (US$5.2 million) from its budget, is expected to be completed in December this year.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The government is seriously considering a plan to move the capital city off Java, saying it would work to realize it within the next five years, a senior minister said. National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said in a recent exclusive interview with The Jakarta Post that the plan to move the capital was considered “final”, hinting that the government would not backtrack from it. Bambang said legislation would act as a legal basis to facilitate the relocation, while also proposing the establishment of a government agency to oversee the development of the new capital city. “It is our preliminary suggestion [to form] an authority for the development and management [of the new capital]. We hope that the body would not only oversee the construction but also the initial operational phase of the new capital,” said Bambang in Jakart...