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Papua governor to restart Trans-Papua Highway construction

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Papua   /   Mon, April 15, 2013   /  04:44 pm

Newly appointed Papuan governor Lukas Enembe says he plans to restart a neglected seven-year-old project to build highways across Papua.

'€œI will ask the President to continue the construction project in the hope that it can connect the whole island,'€ said Enembe in Jayapura on Monday.

The interconnected highways would connect seven strategic regions, namely Nabire - Waghete - Enarotali sepanjang (262 km), Timika -Mapurujaya - Pomako (42 km), Serui - Menawi - Saubeba (49 km),Jayapura - Wamena - Mulia (733 km), Jayapura - Sarmi (364 km),
Jayapura - Hamidi - Holtekam - Skow - Papua New Guinea border (53 km) and Merauke '€“ Waropko (557 km).

He predicted that the construction of roads connecting these regions would cut logistic costs significantly and thus could spur regional economic growth.

'€œRight now the cost of one sack of cement in Puncak Jaya is Rp1.2 million (US$ 123) because all construction materials are transported by air, and so the shipping costs are expensive. If the roads are connected, the cost could be significantly reduced,'€ he said.

As comparison, in Jakarta and other big cities, the price of one sack of cement is around Rp 80,000 (U$ 9).

In 2012, the Public Works Ministry allocated Rp3.6 trillion to build the Trans-Papua Highway, a project included in the Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI).

The government has been aiming to build 70 percent of a total of 3,100 kilometers of national road in Papua and West Papua by 2014.(asw/dic)

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