Environmental study of new Indonesia’s capital expected by November

The planned design of new capital (Ministry of Public Works and Housing's presentation materials). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

JAKARTA, Sep 3, 2019, ANTARA. A Strategic Environmental Study (KLHS) of the new capital city in East Kalimantan is expected to be completed in November 2019, Environmental Affairs and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar has said, reported the ANTARA.

“It won’t take too long. It will be two months at the latest, most likely in November,” the minister said here Wednesday. The KLHS is in line with the Government Regulation No 46/2016 regarding KLHS for major projects.

The relocation will include the simultaneous restoration of the environment in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara Districts in East Kalimantan, she said.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had issued instructions that the ecosystems of Bukit Soeharto Forest Park, Balikpapan Bay and several others should be restored simultaneously with the development of the new capital city.

Her ministry has been preparing a reference framework and other strategic steps over the last two days, to be conveyed directly to President Jokowi, the Presidential Secretariat Office (KSP) and the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), she said.

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