10 months Indonesian capital transfer could prompt new environment crisis MB |Biz
JAKARTA (AFP) – Abandoning Jakarta for a new capital in Borneo won’t save the fast-sinking Indonesian mega-city from disaster and could even spark a fresh environmental crisis in a region home to rainforests and endangered orangutans, critics have warned. President Joko Widodo announced this week that the Southeast Asian nation’s political heart would be moved nearly 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) east to a yet-to-be-built model city as a way of easing pressure on densely populated Java. Sprawling Jakarta – home to nearly 30 million people counting its greater metropolitan area – is plagued by a host of ills, from eye-watering ... more