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Capital city plan raises questions about environment

  • Kharishar Kahfi and N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 15 2019   /  12:30 am
All ways lead to new capital: The Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road in East Kalimantan — photographed on Sept. 11 — is scheduled to be inaugurated by the end of the year. The road passes the location of the planned new capital city, which will cover parts of the regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara.(JP/I Gede Dharma JS)(JP/I Gede Dharma JS)

All ways lead to new capital: The Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road in East Kalimantan — photographed on Sept. 11 — is scheduled to be inaugurated by the end of the year. The road passes the location of the planned new capital city, which will cover parts of the regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara.(JP/I Gede Dharma JS)Indonesia’s Kalimantan region, just like the whole of Borneo Island, is strongly associated with mighty tropical rainforests and often dubbed one of the remaining lungs of the world. It is home to indigenous groups as well as unique flora and fauna.Amid aggressive deforestation on the island in the past years, one cannot help but wonder what will happen to the forests once the government kicks off its plan to build a new capital city to take some of the burden off Jakarta.The grandiose plan to build a capital city that is smart and green has raised con...