Mumbai: On Thursday, the Indonesian President Joko Widodo confirmed that the country’s capital would be moved to Borneo island.
The capital of our country will move to the island of Borneo,” Joko Widodo wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
The location of the country’s capital can be in Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, or South Kalimantan, said the Indonesian President.
“All aspects are being studied in depth so that the decision will be correct in our future vision – a great vision of the nation and state for the next 10, 50, 100 years,” Joko Widodo said.
“We want to separate the capital, the centre of government and Jakarta as a business and economic centre. We don’t want all the money existing only in Java. We want it to be outside Java as well,” he further said.
In July, Joko Widodo said he wants to build a new capital, suggesting it should be outside Indonesia’s main island of Java, where 57 per cent of the country’s nearly 270 million people is concentrated.
“We need to make sure our capital is safe from disasters,” Joko Widodo added.
He mentioned that Jakarta’s vulnerability to flooding and earthquakes is also a factor.
Jakarta is one of the fastest sinking cities, due to geographical misfortune and series of mismanagement.
Jakarta consists of 13 heavily polluted rivers running through it.
The island has been sinking slowly throughout the years due to over-extraction of groundwater.