The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 12/03/2009 10:50 AM
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said the idea of relocating of the national administration center from Jakarta should be considered.
Speaking to governors from across the archipelago at a gathering in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, on Wednesday evening, Yudhoyono said Jakarta was far too crowded to be the center of the national administration.
"Fifteen years ago there was a proposal to move the national administration center to Jonggol in West Java, but since the  monetary crisis, ideas on relocating were no longer heard," he said as quoted by Antara state news agency.
Commenting on an idea to relocate the country’s capital to the Central Kalimantan city of Palangkaraya, Yudhoyono said it would not be practical because the city was too far from Jakarta.
But considering seeing the vast area of Palangkaraya, Yudhoyono said it was natural that its residents wanted to develop it into a better and bigger city.
He added it also made sense to develop Palangkaraya, because unlike other areas in the country, Kalimatan was relatively free of natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
Yudhoyono and his entourage are in the city for a two-day visit to open the Indonesian Provincial Administrations Association (APPSI) national conference on Thursday.
SBY: New capital city needs consideration