Indonesia holds Independence Day celebrations beside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.
MORE: Indonesia celebrated its first Independence Day at its future capital in the ancient rainforests of eastern Borneo Wednesday as the nation plans a move away from slowly sinking, traffic-clogged Jakarta.
Nusantara, which is 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) from Jakarta, is set to become the new political center of the world's fourth-largest country.
It is a legacy project of President Joko Widodo but environmentalists have warned it could accelerate the destruction of tropical jungles home to long-nosed monkeys and orangutans.
The government is preparing to ramp up infrastructure projects to open the doors to the city –- which will cover about 56,180 hectares (216 square miles) on Borneo island -– by the time Widodo leaves office in 2024.
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