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Indonesia to relocate capital city to Borneo island

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Indonesia to relocate capital city to Borneo island

Indonesia to relocate capital city to Borneo island

President Joko Widodo has announced plans to shift Indonesia's capital city from Jakarta to the province of East Kalimantan on Borneo island.

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RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN President Joko Widodo has announced plans to shift Indonesia's capital city from Jakarta to the province of East Kalimantan on Borneo island.

Part of the new capital will be in the province's North Penajam Paser regency while the other half will be in the Kutai Kartanegara regency, reports the Jakarta Post.

The region was chosen for being relatively free from earthquakes and volcanoes.

Indonesia plans to relocate from its current capital, Jakarta, as the city is overpopulated and faces severe congestion, according to Reuters.

Jakarta is also sinking 10 to 20 centimeters per year due to severe land subsidence, reports the Guardian.

The Indonesian government said it wants to build a smart, green city.

A government official was quoted by the South China Morning Post as saying that they would not disturb any existing protected forest as the island is filled with tropical rainforests.

If President Widodo's plan is approved by the Indonesian parliament, the new capital will begin construction across a plot of around 40,000 hectares next year.

In a televised speech, the Indonesian president said that the location is strategic and explained that the shift would ease Jakarta's burden as the center of business, finance, trade and government.

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Map of Indonesia, where the capital will be moved 2.

Crowded and congested Jakarta 3.

Cross section of Jakarta depicting that the city is sinking 4.

Indonesian flag, small plot showing a smart, green city and Borneo island with rainforests VOICEOVER (in English): "President Joko Widodo has announced plans to shift Indonesia's capital city from Jakarta to the province of East Kalimantan on Borneo island." "The Jakarta Post reports part of the new capital will be in the province's North Penajam Paser regency while the other half will be in the Kutai Kartanegara regency." "The region was chosen for being relatively free from earthquakes and volcanoes." "According to Reuters, Indonesia plans to relocate from its current capital, Jakarta, as the city is overpopulated and faces severe congestion." "The Guardian reports Jakarta is also sinking 10 to 20 centimeters per year due to severe land subsidence." "The Indonesian government said it wants to build a smart, green city.

A government official was quoted by the South China Morning Post as saying that they would not disturb any existing protected forest as the island is filled with tropical rainforests." "If President Widodo's plan is approved by the Indonesian parliament, the new capital will begin construction across a plot of around 40,000 hectares next year." SOURCES: Reuters, The Guardian, NPR, BBC News, Jakarta Post, South China Morning Post https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-politics-capital/indonesia-plans-to-move-capital-city-out-of-crowded-java-island-idUSKCN1S50RR https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/26/indonesia-new-capital-city-borneo-forests-jakarta https://www.npr.org/2019/08/26/754291131/indonesia-plans-to-move-capital-to-borneo-from-jakarta https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49470258 https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/08/26/breaking-jokowi-announces-east-kalimantan-as-site-of-new-capital.html https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3024352/indonesia-announces-site-new-capital-city-reduce-jakartas *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377




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