Farewell, Jakarta! Indonesia is getting a New Capital!


As the President of a country, one makes important decisions. Joko Widodo, the newly re-elected, seventh President of Indonesia wants to make a critical decision. He wants Indonesia to have a new capital city! This hasn’t come as a shock to many because this idea is as old as the Republic itself!

Where is Indonesia?

It is a South-East Asian country found between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. Indonesia is the world’s largest island country. It has the fourth largest population in the world! It’s capital city is Jakarta on the island of Java. Half of the country’s population lives there.

Why does President Joko want to move the capital?

Overpopulation. Java is the most densely populated island of Indonesia. This has put a severe strain on the island’s resources. Also, Java faces very bad traffic, among the very worst in the world! If this is not reason enough to shift the capital, the next one will convince you. The island is sinking. The BBC has called it the fastest sinking city! One half of the city lies below sea level. The drawing of groundwater for drinking, cooking and other daily use activities has allowed the city to sink further. It has become very vulnerable to flooding.

What’s next?

In ten years, all the government offices will be transferred to the new capital. It is a big leap for the island country, which has wanted to move its capital city for seven decades now. A possible choice would be Palangkaraya, on the vast island of Kalimantan. It is a geographically stable option, close to the centre of the country. This will also bring cheer to the inhabitants of the other islands, who feel that their islands are neglected. Widodo would have made a larger vote base happier too!

Vaijayanti is a writer, a nature enthusiast and an amateur wildlife photographer. She hopes her virtual pen and lens can make the world a better place

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