TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor said that his side will immediately begin to prepare his province as the new capital city following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s announcement today, August 26.
“We are all ready. The people are ready, the regional administrations, too. We will coordinate with the mayors of Samarinda and Balikpapan as well as the regents of PPU and Kukar,” said Isran at the State Palace, Central Jakarta, Monday.
The President has earlier announced that the regencies of Penajam Paser Utara (PPN) and Kutai Kartanegara (Kukar) in the province are the most appropriate region to become the new administrative hub. The government also has a 180,000-hectare area in the region around Bukit Soeharto.
Isran mentioned the exact locations that the President meant was in Samboja and Sepaku Semoi subdistricts. “Samboja is in Kutai Kartanegara and Sepaku Semoi in Penajam Paser Utara,” he said.
The two regencies are located next to each other and adjacent to the western area of Sulawesi. Therefore, Isran believed the construction of the new capital city would bring favorable impact not only to the province.
“I believe it will bring substantial positive impact not only to East Kalimantan, but also several central to eastern regions of Indonesia,” Isran Noor remarked.