Indonesia Passes Law to Move Capital to Borneo

Indonesia’s parliament approved a law to relocate the nation’s capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan on Borneo island where the government is set to construct a new city to be named “Nusantara”.

“The relocation of the capital city to Kalimantan is based on several considerations, regional advantages, and welfare. With the vision of the birth of a new economic center of gravity in the middle of the archipelago,” said Suharso Monoarfa, Minister of National Development Planning, according to Indonesia Parliament TV.

Indonesia’s House of Representatives passed the law which will provide a legal framework to begin transforming Kalimantan into the nation’s new capital on Tuesday.

President Joko Widodo first announced the relocation plans on 2019, citing concerns over the sustainability of the congested and sinking capital of Jakarta, but the process was delayed by the pandemic.

Jakarta is one of the fastest sinking cities on Earth and has been dropping into the Java Sea at an alarming rate, according to the World Economic Forum. It is also one of the world’s most overpopulated urban areas.

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