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Indonesia's "Kalimantan"


"New Cities" a new Quarantine Time series of my blog where we will see new proper planned cities of the modern and new Capitals of World. In this blog we are going to see the newly planned Capital City of Indonesia, on the Island of Borneo, named "Kalimantan". 
Kalimantan Indonesia's new city
Kalimantan was recently announced as the new capital for Indonesia as the Jakarta land was sinking and the city could not hold up the increasing congestion. Indonesia's President said that the move was necessary because the burden on Jakarta was too heavy and relocation was inevitable. 
Jakarta had poor urban planning which sited on swamp and unregulated drainage of of aquifer which made the land sink and made almost 50% of the city under sea level. The Jakarta city is sinking at a rate of 10-20 cm per year, that is one of the fastest in the world.
Indonesia Kalimantan Project
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The new plan is still on way and if the Parliament approves the construction of the new city, most of the authority and agencies will be shifted to Kalimantan which will cost around $33 Billion. Presidents Widodo has stressed that relocation which was first mooted decades ago to pull the capital to the center of Indonesia's archipelago of more than 17000 islands, as we say in the case of Kazakhstan, Egypt, and South Korea.
Indonesia Kalimantan Project
As the new city is on the way of green forest, the authorities said it will not be built on conservation or protected area. Also the authorities have studied from other countries that have moved their administrative and judicial centers. The work will start by 2024 which will cover 180000 hectares that is 3 times that of Jakarta. The new city will not see the problem of floods, tsunamis which other parts of Indonesia faces. Kalimantan is also near the relatively developed cities like Balikpapan and Samarinda. Kalimantan will have the administration headquarters where as the center of business and trade will be still in Jakarta. The North of Kalimantan has a massive project of hydroelectric power plant which will help the development of the city further in future.


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