Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi proposed to shift their capital last week. Jakarta has been Indonesia’s capital for a long time which is also the largest city in Indonesia. It is located on the northwest coast of the world’s most populous island, Java. It is the center of economics, culture, and politics of Indonesia, with a population of 10,075,310 as of 2014. It is the world’s second largest urban agglomeration (after Tokyo). The decision didn’t come as a shock for the people because the idea of moving the capital came from the first president Sukarno in 1945 after gaining independence from the Dutch. After a cabinet meeting on Monday, Joko Widodo decided to forward the capital.
In fact, the BBC has dubbed Jakarta the world’s fastest-sinking city. According to Reuters, for the past 30 years, the city has sunk 13 feet. By 2015 the vulnerable city could be flooded because sea level will rise minimum 20 inches potentially even 5 feet by some estimates, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. For these reasons capital is going to be changed which is not an easy task. First of all, it’ll cost up to $33 billion, according to CNN. Not only the government buildings but also the working people who work in that buildings are required to be shifted said by Deden Rukmana.
Sutanudjaja said, “You don’t solve a problem by just moving it away.” He also added that “Jakarta is quite similar to Tokyo in the 1960s, with its land subsidence, flooding, natural disasters, and overcrowding. If you really want to solve the problem then they should tackle it, not just move it.”