Indonesia moves to relocate capital

Indonesia plans to relocate its capital from Jakarta

Mr Brodjonergoro said the process could take a decade but added that if others - like Brazil or Australia - could manage it then so cold Indonesia.

Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro, the country's planning minister, said on Monday that the president chose to move the capital off the crowded island to elsewhere in the archipelago, but the government has not formally chosen a new location, Reuters reported.

Indonesia's National Development Planning Agency, also known as Bappenas, presented its initial study on the relocation plan during a Cabinet meeting led by Widodo earlier today, where the top executives discussed alternatives to establish a new political hub somewhere else on the South Asian archipelago.

Three options were discussed at a special cabinet meeting on Monday, but Widodo made a decision to move the capital outside of Indonesia's most populous island, Java.

The government is considering three cities as possible location for the new capital, Bisnis Indonesia newspaper reported, citing Jokowi.

The first time this plan was mentioned was twice by Indonesia's first president Sukarno, first was when he inaugurated Palangka Raya as Central Kalimantan's capital in 1957 and re-emerged again in 1965 while mentioning the same region as its intended goal.

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Several social media users pitched Central and East Kalimantan as the location best suited for the new capital, while another Twitter user rooted for building a modern, eco-friendly capital modeled on examples from the Netherlands, Japan and New Zealand.

"The idea to move the capital city appeared long ago", he said.

Jakarta has a population of around 10 million, with an estimated 30 million in the larger metropolitan area.

Jakarta is home to more than 10 million people.

During the recent election campaign, Widodo promised to spread economic development more evenly outside Java.

Conveying part of the requirements for area nominated as the new capital city, Bambang said that the new capital should sit in the middle of the nation's territory, has minimum risk to disasters and be close to the coast line to represent the nation's character as a maritime country.

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