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Indonesia's capital Jakarta had to be moved

Jakarta, which is located on the island of Java, has ten million inhabitants. The whole region is overpopulated which leads to poor air quality and major traffic problems. A survey some years ago showed that Jakarta has the worst traffic congestion in the world. Ministers and other government officials need to have a police escort to get to meetings on time. Traffic congestion costs the equivalent of 70 billion dollars a year, said am plannning Bambang Brodjonegoro on Monday.

And so sink the city. Half of Jakarta is located under the sea and överutvinning of groundwater leads to the town of sink with 1-1,5 cm a year, reports the BBC. The town, which is situated on the moorland, and surrounded by 13 rivers, are often affected by floods. If this trend continues would Jakarta be uninhabitable for the next 30 years.

has been in existence for several decades and proposed by the five former presidents. Joko Widodos plans, however, seem more far-reaching than in the past, according to several analysts. He proclaimed himself winner of the presidential election earlier in april.

Joko Widodo. Photo: Bagus Indahono/EPA

" We want to think about the visionary for the development of this country. To move the capital will require thorough and detailed preparation, " said the president at a cabinet meeting on Monday, reports Reuters.

According to the BBC, discussed three options:

• To build a special myndighetszon within the current capital.

• Build a new capital on Java.

• Moving the capital from Java to Borneo and the city of Palangkaraya. According to several media outlets prefer the president of such a solution.

would involve a change in the balance of power between the ethnic groups in the country.

Indonesia consists of 13.000 islands and with over 250 million inhabitants, the world's fourth most populous country.

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