Balikpapan, East Kalimantan (ANTARA) - State employees in the new capital Nusantara in East Kalimantan would live in apartments as their accommodation, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing.

"We ensure that accommodations for all state apparatus (in Nusantara) would be in the form of an apartment," the ministry's New Capital Development Task Force Head, Danis Hidayat Sumadilaga, said here on Saturday.

He said that President Joko Widodo has instructed development of apartments funded through the government-private sector cooperation scheme (KBPU), with the state budget disbursed only to complement the rest of the budget.

The ministry has proposed the development of 47 apartment towers valued at Rp9.4 trillion, and a development task force has earmarked some locations in the new capital, he noted.

"At present, the Public Works and Public Housing Minister is preparing a proposal for some (apartment towers) to be built by the government through state budget funding," Sumadilaga said.

The official remarked that his ministry is awaiting the Finance Ministry's response regarding the budget scheme proposal.

Sumadilaga confirmed the ministry is processing four KBPU agreements with domestic and foreign investors to build apartment towers for state apparatus.

The three KBPUs that have received notices to proceed are with the Korea Land and Housing Corporation (23 towers), Chinese contractor CCFG (60 towers), and domestic developer Summarecon (6 towers), he said.

Samidilaga said with the issuance of the notice to proceed, the construction works could start by next June at the earliest.

"The faster the development starts, the better," he said.

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