President Joko Widodo visits a potential location for the Indonesian capital in Gunung Mas, Central Kalimantan, in May. (Antara Foto/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Public Works Ministry to Begin Move to New Capital


NOVEMBER 07, 2019

Jakarta. The Public Works and Housing Ministry will be the first government agency to relocate its headquarters to the yet-to-be-built new capital in East Kalimantan in 2024, an official said on Thursday.

The ministry has been tasked with preparing basic infrastructures in the new capital before other government agencies can move there, Public Works Director General Syarif Burhanuddin said in a seminar hosted by Investor magazine and Tarsus in Jakarta.

"The Public Works Ministry will be the first to move in 2024. We need a lot of activity in the new capital, we want it to be a lively city," he said. 

"We're just waiting for the House of Representatives to pass the law [on the capital relocation]. Once that happens, we will commence preparations to move," Syarif said. 

Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said a masterplan for the new capital is still being prepared. 

"Hopefully by mid next year we can have the groundbreaking ceremony. That's our first target," Basuki said.

The first stage of development is coming up with architectural and landscape designs, including a layout for the ministerial offices.

Construction of public facilities and infrastructure such as roads and sanitation will follow next.

Then the relocation proper will begin. All central government offices, with the exception of the central bank, Bank Indonesia, and the Financial Services Authority (OJK) will move to the new capital. 

The two offices will stay in Jakarta since the city will remain as the country's financial center.

Basuki said the relocation process will not start until the law being deliberated at the House is passed.  

The new capital is located in East Kalimantan's North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartangeara districts.

The private sector will be involved in building new housing complexes there, Basuki said.