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Who owns land in new capital city?

  • Riska Rahman, Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Balikpapan, East Kalimantan   /   Thu, August 29, 2019   /  08:43 am
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The area of Bukit Soeharto in East Kalimantan. (Tribun Kaltim/Fachmi Rachman )

After the government confirmed plans to relocate Indonesia’s capital city to East Kalimantan, questions immediately began to immerge surrounding land ownership and the development of a 180,000-hectare compound in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regencies. The government, which claims to own 90 percent of the land to be developed, has promised to take an incremental approach in the massive undertaking, which President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo described as the first time since independence from colonialism that Indonesia got to decide on its own capital city. “The 180,000-ha land will be reserved. The first stage, as I mentioned, would be to develop 6,000 ha, and in the next stage, we’ll aim for 40,000 ha,” said Bambang Brodjonegoro, head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) said in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday as quoted b...