MOSCOW, — Indonesian President Joko Widodo formally proposed to the country’s parliament on Friday to relocate the Indonesian capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo, Sputnik news agency reported.
After the Indonesian government announced in April plans to relocate the capital from Jakarta due to overpopulation of the island of Java, National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said in June that the relocation process would start in 2021, adding that it could take up to 10 years.
The possibility of relocating the Indonesian capital from the island of Java was first raised almost 60 years ago, under the government of Sukarno, the nation’s first president.
Kalimantan is the Indonesian portion of Borneo, Asia’s largest island. Kalimantan, divided into five provinces, comprises over 70 per cent of the island’s territory.