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Five regencies in Papua lack infrastructure, clear boundaries

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Timika, Papua   /   Mon, May 25 2009   /  02:39 pm

Regencies of Paniai, Mappi, Puncak, Asmat and Mimika are facing many challenges to their development, and are lagging behind other regencies in Papua province, particularly in terms of autonomy and budget issues. A recent working meeting involving the five regencies prioritized infrastructure issues, revealing, for example, a lack of well-developed roads to facilitate travel from the regency capital to district capitals and subdistricts in Paniai regency and Puncak regency. Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu and Deputy Governor Alex Hesegem attended the meeting. Heavy damages were spotted along 10 kilometers of road from Nabire regency's capital Nabire to Paniai regency's capital Enarotali, according to a report presented by Daulat Tampubolon. Unasphalted sections have resulted in mud ponds and have caused trucks and cars passing through to reach Paniai in weeks, compared ...