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Jakarta Post

Infrastructure road map crucial for remote regions

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  02:58 am

Inhabited by around 364 families, the villages of Air Liki and Air Liki Baru in Tabir Barat district, Merangin regency, Jambi, are difficult for the outside world to access. To reach the areas, visitors have to take a one-and-a-half hour ride by motorboat from nearby Ngaol village and another hour ride by motorcycle from a small dock called Batu Gembung. Ngaol itself can be reached by car in three hours from Bangko, the capital of Merangin, with bumpy and muddy roads along the way.Four-wheeled vehicles cannot access Air Liki and Air Liki Baru because there are no roads there — only footpaths that are less than 1 meter wide. On rainy days, the paths become too slippery, requiring pedestrians and motorcyclists to be careful, or else risk falling into a deep ravine.Air Liki village head Pulpi Marlinton told The Jakarta Post recently that the pathways from Batu Gembung to Air Liki and neig...