DPD Chairman : Palangkaraya Qualified as Capital City

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  • Regional Representative Council (DPD) chairman Oesman Sapta Odang. TEMPO/Arkhelaus Wisnu

    Regional Representative Council (DPD) chairman Oesman Sapta Odang. TEMPO/Arkhelaus Wisnu

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Regional Representative Council Chairman Oesman Sapta Odang said that he agrees with the government to move the Capital city from Jakarta to Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan.

    “That’s great. I’m from Kalimantan, Palangkaraya will be suitable considering its vast free space,” Oesman said on Friday, July 7.

    Oesman added that moving the capital city would not burden the state budget, and could, in fact, accelerate public infrastructure developments. The move, according to Oesman, will not affect businesses.

    National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro claimed that he had elaborated the plan in details, including the funding scheme that is expected to complete by the end of this year. Therefore, Bambang hopes that the plan will be executed in 2018 or 2019.

    There are three provinces being considered as alternative capital cities, namely East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan.

    This means that the alternative location for Indonesia’s capital remains open.

    “Palangkaraya is not yet a final decision,” Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said on Thursday, July 6.

    ANDRI EL FARUQI