"In the initial phase, we will prepare facilities for offices and the Presidential Palace in Palangka Raya," said Central Kalimantan Regional Secretary Fahrizal Fitri in Palangka Raya on Tuesday.
Fahrizal said coordination on the construction would be carried out with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of National Development Planning / National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas). "The goal is to find out what the provincial government supports or needs in order to travel to the capital city of the government," he said.
Palangka Raya and its surroundings are considered as a good alternative location for the government capital, especially after conducting surveys and assessments on this matter, both by the Indonesian Ministry of Politics, Law and Security and other parties.
Moreover, the geographical location of Central Kalimantan is very strategic, namely its position in the middle of a region; it has no volcanoes, is safe from earthquakes and has sufficient availability of basic needs such as water.
Even now, Central Kalimantan has prepared between 300 and 500 thousand hectares of land for this purpose. Bappenas also through the Geospatial Information Agency conducted a survey in the form of mapping land readiness in Central Kalimantan in mid-2018.
"The desire to build the office or the Presidential Palace is so the president will have his office here," he joked to media persons at the end of his interview.