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The Development of Nusantara National Sciences Continues, the Government Improves Green Land

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By: Stephen Son Immanuel )*

The intensity for the development of the National Capital City (IKN) of the Archipelago has so far increased. This was indeed accelerated by President Jokowi so that he could meet the target of moving the capital city in 2024. Not only that, but the government also continues to improve green land to increase the glory of Indonesia’s tropical forests.

Set forth in the master plan as an attachment to the Law on the National Capital City (IKN) of the Archipelago there are as many as 5 clusters that will be prioritized to immediately move from DKI Jakarta to IKN. The first cluster is the government whose transfer is planned to begin in 2024. In this first cluster, it includes the President and Vice President, to other high state institutions including the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), the People’s Representative Council 9DPR, the Supreme Court (MA), the Constitutional Court (MK), the Judicial Commission (KY) to The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK).

Not only that, but there are several ministries that are planned to also move at the first moment and become the first cluster, namely among them the Coordinating Ministry, which consists of the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security (Polhukam), the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture (PMK), Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Marves). This includes the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemenlu) and the Ministry of Defense (Kemenhan).

At present, indeed the intensity of development in the Archipelago IKN area continues to increase. It is not only related to physical development, but the Government of Indonesia is also continuing to make various kinds of improvements to the condition of green land around the Nuantara National Park area.

Including some of the efforts to improve the condition of green fields, namely land preparation, development of access to logistics, drinking water intakes to tree nurseries which aim to restore the glory of tropical forests in Indonesia.

Then for the physical development, high intensity occurred in the Central Government Core Area (KIPP) which is planned to be the focus of the first stage in the development of the National Archipelago IKN. For information, the KIPP area has an area of up to around 900 hectares, in which the first cluster will be built along with many other important buildings.

Several important buildings in the KIPP area that show how the intensity of the development of the National Archipelago’s IKN is increasing are that various plazas, TNI-Polri facilities, housing, apartments to other essential supporting facilities such as education, health and also for daily needs will be built. Not only that, but entertainment venues will be built with themes that are in line with green and environmentally friendly conditions in Kalimantan.

Head of the Archipelago Capital City Authority (IKN), Bambang Susantono stated that Nusantara’s IKN has a development area that is even up to 4 times that of DKI Jakarta. This is because the IKN area itself reaches up to 56 thousand hectares with a total development area of 256 thousand hectares.

Bambang also emphasized that around 65 percent of the 265 thousand hectares will be left as tropical forest, so in other words, only about 25 percent of the total area will be developed. This is of course in accordance with the government’s desire to increase the glory of tropical forests in the country.

With these efforts, IKN Nusantara has a high potential to become a carbon neutral city because tropical forests will function as a very large carbon sink or carbon sink from all urban activities carried out. Therefore, according to him, IKN Nusantara has a very strong branding as a sustainable forest city.

The development of the National Archipelago National Park is really not a project that was carried out by the government during the era of President Joko Widodo’s leadership because it continues to accelerate various kinds of infrastructure including toll roads, the State Palace to other facilities which are currently all in the process of being developed which are targeted to be able to will be completed in 2024.

The aim to complete all important facilities at IKN Nusantara as quickly as possible until 2024 is because President Jokowi himself will soon issue a Presidential Decree (Keppres) concerning moving the capital city from DKI Jakarta to IKN Nusantara that year.

The existence of the IKN Nusantara development project is also a manifestation of efforts to change civilization in Indonesia by presenting a very Indonesia-centric development concept and no longer Java-centric. The reason is, President Jokowi stated that development and high regional economic figures, later after the IKN was successfully inaugurated it would no longer only be too centered on the island of Java.

The government continues to improve green land, to restore how the glory of Indonesia’s tropical forests was. Therefore, the intensity of the development of the Nusantara National Institute of Sciences will also continue to be increased to pursue the goal of completing the project until 2024.

)* The author is a Citaprasada Institute Contributor

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