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Indonesia to move its capital to jungle-clad Borneo Island

Indonesia to move its capital to jungle-clad Borneo Island
Incumbent Indonesian president Joko Widodo leaves after a press briefing in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 18, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Aditya Pradana Putra/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT.

Jakarta: Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday that his country will shift its political heart away from congested and sinking megalopolis Jakarta to the eastern edge of jungle-clad Borneo Island.

The new capital city will be in the middle of the vast archipelago nation near the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda, Widodo. The city which has not been named yet, already has relatively complete infrastructure.

According to the First Post, Widodo said that the proposed location, near the regional cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda, is an area at “minimal” risk of natural disasters, where the government already owns some 180,000 hectares (445,000 acres) of land. It’s in the centre of Indonesia and close to urban areas, he claimed in a televised speech.

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