Traffic jam in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The government’s plan to move the capital of Indonesia to outside Jakarta is responded seriously by the Governor of Central Kalimantan, Sugianto Sabran. Central Kalimantan has been designated as one of the alternatives for the new capital city.
Sugianto Sabran claims that the region he leads is ready to be designated as the new capital of Indonesia. He has prepared 300,000-500,000 hectares of land if the central government finally decides to realize the plan that’s being discussed.
"As a governor, I won’t be involved in the polemic of the plan because it’s the authority of the central government. I just want to follow the President’s instruction to prepare 300,000 hectares of land in Palangka Raya, and it’s the state land so there won’t be any land brokers who would interrupt the plan. Regarding the further discussion and plan, I let the Central Government decide it," Sugianto said.
Responding to the statement, Minister of National Development Plan (PPN)/ Head of National Development Plan Agency (Bappenas), Bambang Brodjonegoro, claims he’s thankful for Sabran’s action as the fund for the new capital city development will be lower because the fund needed for the land acquisition would be cut.
"If the capital city were moved there, it means we wouldn't need any fund for land acquisition. It cuts the needed fund for the development of new administration center," he said after attending Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) at Gama Tower, Jakarta, Thursday (10/8).
Despite this, the plan to move the capital of Indonesia is still discussed by Bappenas. "The discussion is in progress. It’s ongoing, not just a plan. Still ongoing," he said.
Meanwhile, Sugianto Sabra claims he’s only preparing a land and not giving a tendency. He relies on President Joko Widodo to handle everything as he's the one who has prerogative rights.
"If the capital city were moved to Central Kalimantan, we will welcome it because the people of Central Kalimantan is friendly and tolerant. Central Kalimantan will prepare a city that’s joyful for its people," he stated. (dtc/mag).