Gov’t Prepares Residential Development Plan in Nusantara Capital
The Government has started working on infrastructure development plan for residents in New Capital of Nusantara (IKN).
Head of the IKN Authority Bambang Susantono explained that the infrastructure development in the form of housing is intended not only for the State Civil Apparatus (ASN), the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI), and the Indonesian National Police (Polri), but also for other elements of society.
“There will be several categories [of IKN residents]: ASN, TNI, Polri, local residents, workers, and others, such as teachers, medical personnel, and so on. Housing facilities for all of them must be accommodated,” he said after attending a limited meeting chaired by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday (02/11) at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta.
He stated that President Jokowi requested that housing development in the IKN to be designed by considering surrounding community, including local residents and people with low incomes.
According to him, the IKN population in 2024 will be around 200,000 people.
“The population will be around 200,000 in 2024. This number includes the local residents, workers, and immigrants,” he said, adding that the infrastructure development strategy was one of the efforts to answer investor questions about business opportunities in the IKN.
“What is important is that the population is large enough for these investors to believe they have sufficient purchasing power,” he said.
On that occasion, Bambang reiterated that the development of IKN is based on the concept of a jungle city that is environmentally friendly.
“Only 25 percent of the total area that will be built, 5-10 percent will be green areas and the remaining 65 percent will be forest. We want to maintain that concept,” he concluded. (FID/AIT/UN) (YC/EST)