The wildlife corridors are being built to ensure the safety of wild animals moving and living within the area.
Penajam Paser, E Kalimantan (ANTARA) - The Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) has emphasized that the development of Indonesia’s future capital (IKN) Nusantara in East Kalimantan province will be undertaken while ensuring the preservation of wildlife.

"We will ensure that wildlife conservation is maintained in the new capital city of Indonesia," deputy for environment and natural resources at OIKN, Myrna Asnawati Safitri, said in a press release received on Monday.

OIKN’s commitment to establishing a forest city in Nusantara will be realized by creating policies to protect wild animals in the area, she added.

For instance, wildlife corridors will be built on the IKN Nusantara Toll Road that will be designed based on the needs of wild animals in each area so that the animals can still move within the area without being disturbed by the operation of the highway, she informed.

The corridors will be developed on the IKN Nusantara Toll Road segment 3B of the East Kalimantan Kariangau Terminal (KKT) Kariangau-Tempadung Intersection as well as segment 5A of the Tempadung Intersection-Balang Island Bridge.

The two segments, which are located in the south of the IKN, will connect the future capital city with Balikpapan city and the Kariangau Industrial Area (KIK). They will have four wildlife corridors around the Wain River.

"The wildlife corridors are being built to ensure the safety of wild animals moving and living within the area," Safitri said.

The corridors were designed by the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry.

"Wildlife corridors might be developed above or below (the toll road), depending on conditions in the field or the geographical landscape and the environment around the highway," Safitri informed.

Earlier, OIKN's deputy for green and digital transformation, Mohammed Ali Berawi, said that the authority is preparing to build a solar farm at IKN in 2024 to realize the future capital as a smart and green city.

The solar plant facility is planned to be developed in IKN Zone 3 and generate about 50 megawatts (MW) of power, he noted.

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