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Who owns land in new capital city?

  • Riska Rahman, Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Balikpapan, East Kalimantan   /   Thu, August 29 2019   /  12:18 am
Opening up: Construction activities are underway on the Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road, which crosses Samboja, a district in Kutai Kartanegara regency, East Kalimantan, on Wednesday. The tollgate at Samboja will become one of the access roads to Indonesia’s new capital city.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Opening up: Construction activities are underway on the Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road, which crosses Samboja, a district in Kutai Kartanegara regency, East Kalimantan, on Wednesday. The tollgate at Samboja will become one of the access roads to Indonesia’s new capital city.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)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 of ...