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Jakarta Post

Built from scratch, new capital may be 'smart' but 'lonely' city, some fear

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 5, 2020   /  03:59 pm
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Lush surrounding: An aerial photo shows Sepaku district in North Penajam Paser, East Kalimantan, on Aug. 28. The area is part of the location where Indonesia's new capital will be built.(Reuters via Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa said on Tuesday that Indonesia’s new capital, to be built on an area of 256,000 hectares in the East Kalimantan regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara, would pioneer smart city development in the country. “The new capital city will set a new standard for basic infrastructure and services,” he said during a hearing at the House of Representatives. The basic infrastructure to be established in the new capital city includes digitized and integrated public transportation, water management, drinkable tap water, waste management, integrated drainage and a digital hub with an integrated information system. “Our hope is to make all cities in Indonesia great, not just the capital city. If we can drink tap water in the capital city, for example, why not create the same technology in the other c...