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Jakarta Post

Jokowi inaugurates largest dam on NTT-Timor Leste border

  • Djemi Amnifu

    The Jakarta Post

Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Tue, May 21, 2019   /   06:47 am
Jokowi inaugurates largest dam on NTT-Timor Leste border Rotiklot Dam is the second of seven dams in East Nusa Tenggara that has been completed, with the other being Raknamo Dam. (Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated on Monday the largest dam located along the border of Indonesia and Timor Leste, Rotiklot Dam. It is also one of seven dams being built by the government in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT)

“I have said before that there is no way to create prosperity in NTT without water. There is only one key [for prosperity] here, which is water,” Jokowi said during the inauguration ceremony in Belu regency.

The other NTT dam that has been completed is Raknamo Dam. The remaining five are still under construction; they include Manikin Dam and Kolhua Dam in Kupang regency as well as Mbay Dam in Nagekeo regency.

They are part of the Jokowi administration’s campaign to build 49 new dams across the country.

Belu Regent Wilibrodus Lay said Rotiklot Dam, which can hold 3.3 million cubic meters of water, would be able to supply 40 liters of water per second and irrigate 139 hectares of land.

Its construction was fully funded by the state budget and cost the government Rp 496 billion (US$34 million). (afr)