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Jakarta Post

Sanitation, drinking water projects progress slowly, minister says

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 13, 2018   /   11:28 am
Sanitation, drinking water projects progress slowly, minister says Local residents transport clean water taken from water tanks provided by local authorities near Mount Merapi in Tegalmulyo, Kemalang, Klaten, Central Java, on Sept. 14. (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has revealed that nationwide sanitation and drinking water projects progressed at a slower rate than other infrastructure projects handled by the ministry.

Progress in sanitation and drinking water projects stood at 62 and 72 percent, respectively, as of December 2017.

Meanwhile, progress in other projects, such as toll roads and public housing, reached more than 90 percent, he added.

"Drinking water and sanitation projects need public participation and all-out support in the state budget," he said after a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Monday.

He said President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla insisted that the government complete sanitation infrastructure projects in 94,454 areas and provide 27.7 million households across the country with access to drinking water. (bbn)