Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry has readied a design for the new capital city that incorporates the concept for the presidential palace, government offices, official residences, and commercial housing.

"Bappenas (the National Development Planning Agency) has conducted a study (on the new capital city), while we have studied its design concept," Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono stated at the Presidential Palace here on Monday.

Hadimuljono believes the city should not necessarily be located in proximity to the beach, but it should have access to the beach line.

The ministry will apply the design as soon as the government takes a decision on designating a particular region as the new capital city for Indonesia.

"The state secretary minister is making preparations in terms of the socio-political facet along with other aspects to ensure that its governance is ideal. I have prepared the design, and we will later hold discussions on this with the planners. We will thereafter update the president regarding this matter," he stated.

The minister has pegged the estimated time for development of basic infrastructure, including roads, water canals, sanitation facilities, buildings, housing, and communication, at four to five years in the least.

The ministry, in its design, has given careful consideration to the likelihood of mass migration of some five million people, and in the case of 1.5 million civil servants, military and police personnel, as well as their families moving to the new capital city.

The government will require some 40 thousand hectares of land to develop the new capital city.


Translator: Bayu P, Sri Haryati
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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