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Govt to offer nine reservoir projects this year

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 15, 2019   /   08:00 am
Govt to offer nine reservoir projects this year Locals of Raknamo village in Kupang regency, East Nusa Tenggara, attend the inauguration of the Raknamo Reservoir attended by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in North Timor Tengah and Malaka regencies in January 2018. (JP/Djemi Amnifu)

The Public Works and Housing Ministry will auction nine water reservoir projects this year that are among 65 reservoirs in the 2015 to 2019 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN).

The ministry’s water resources director general, Hari Suprayogi, said in Jakarta over the weekend that the nine the irrigation projects were the last that would be offered by the government.

The nine projects are Tiu Suntuk Reservoir in West Nusa Tenggara, Mbay Reservoir in East Nusa Tenggara, Jenelata Reservoir in South Sulawesi, Pelosika and Ameroro reservoirs in Southeast Sulawesi, Tiro Reservoir in Aceh, Budong-Budong in West Sulawesi Barat, Riam Kiwa in South Kalimantan and Jragung in Central Java.

He explained that of the 65 agriculture infrastructure projects, 15 of which had been completed, 14 others would begin operations soon, while others were still under construction.

“In 2020, we will be focusing on completing all 65 projects. We will not develop other reservoir projects,” Hari said as quoted by kompas.com.

He acknowledged that not all reservoirs that had completed construction were operational on account of technical issues.  He cited Raknamo in East Nusa Tenggara as an example. It has yet to start operations despite having been inaugurated a year ago.

He said the project was a multifunctional reservoir that would also serve as a clean water reserve. (bbn)