Indonesian President formally proposes relocating capital to Borneo

Indonesian President formally proposes relocating capital to Borneo
# 16 August 2019 11:31 (UTC +04:00)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has formally proposed to parliament a plan to move the country's capital from Jakarta, on the crowded island of Java, to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo, APA reports citing Al-Jazeera.

Widodo made the proposal during his state of the union speech at parliament, a day before the country celebrates its 74th independence anniversary: "I hereby request your permission to move our national capital to Kalimantan. A capital city is not just a symbol of national identity, but also a representation of the progress of the nation. This is for the realisation of economic equality and justice," said Widodo, who will be sworn in for a second term in October after winning April's election.

Prone to flooding and rapid sinking because of uncontrolled groundwater extraction, Jakarta is the archetypical Asian mega-city creaking under the weight of its dysfunction. Only four percent of Jakarta's waste water is treated, according to the government, polluting rivers and contaminating the groundwater that supplies the city. Congestion is estimated to cost the economy $6.5bn a year.

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