A timeline for the construction of the State Palace, which will house Indonesia’s president as well as serve as his/her office, in the new as-of-yet unnamed capital city in East Kalimantan has been announced.
According to Bambang Brodjonegoro, who heads the Ministry of National Development (Bappenas), construction of the State Palace will precede other buildings in the new capital.
“The first thing to be built [in the new capital] will certainly be the State Palace, and then houses of worship, like mosques. And then, no less important are the construction of government offices, ministries, parliament buildings and housing.”
The new State Palace will be built in North Penajam Paser regency, one of the two regencies along with Kutai Kartanegara, on which the new capital city will be built on.
Bambang’s timeline for the new State Palace is pretty much in line with the government’s target of transfer of functions from Jakarta, which is set to take place from 2023-2024.
Indonesia has six official presidential palaces, two of which, Istana Merdeka (Merdeka Palace) and Istana Negara (State Palace), are located in the same presidential complex in Central Jakarta. President Joko Widodo, whose second term ends at the end of 2024, should be able to work out of and call the new State Palace home should its construction go according to plan.