Jakarta (ANTARA) - The House of Representatives (DPR) confirmed the receipt of a letter from the government in connection with a study of the capital city transfer, DPR Secretary General Indra Iskandar stated.

"We have received the letter. We will process it on the basis of applicable regulations," Iskandar remarked in Jakarta on Monday.

Discussion on the letter is currently underway and will be announced at the plenary meeting on Tuesday (August 27).

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The plenary meeting will take a decision on the formation of the working committee (Panja) that will discuss the transfer of the capital city.

However, Iskandar stressed that the DPR was awaiting an academic text and a draft law from the government in connection with the relocation of the capital city.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has named Penajam Paser Utara and Kutai Kertanegara, two cities in East Kalimantan Province, as the sites of the new capital of Indonesia.

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"We have concluded that the most ideal location for the new capital city is partly in Penajam Paser Utara District and partly in Kutai Kertanegara District," Jokowi stated at a press conference at the State Palace here on Monday, in the company of Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

Jokowi earlier reiterated that the government had conducted studies on candidates of the new capital city in Kalimantan Island.

He elaborated that East Kalimantan had fulfilled the requirements to be the new capital city that entail minimum risk of natural disaster and located at the heart of Indonesia. The location is also in proximity to big cities, such as Balikpapan and Samarinda, and it has government-owned land spanning 180 thousand hectares.

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The National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) affirmed that the development of the new capital city will begin in 2021, and the construction of government buildings is targeted for completion in 2024.

Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil had earlier noted that the government will require three thousand hectares of land to build government offices in the first stage of development of the new capital city.

The project is estimated to cost up to Rp466 trillion (US$32.3 billion) to be covered by the State Budget (Rp74.44 trillion), Public-Private Partnership scheme (Rp265.2 trillion), and private investment (Rp127.3 trillion).

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