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Lake Toba development won’t cause losses for locals: Govt

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A man rows a boat on Lake Toba in North Sumatra.(Shutterstock/DH Saragih)
Apriadi Gunawan
Toba Samosir, North Sumatra   ●   Wed, October 16, 2019

The development of infrastructure and public utilities near North Sumatra’s Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic lake, will not disadvantage the local people, especially those who were evicted, the central government has promised.

“President Joko [“Jokowi”] Widodo has told me that the Lake Toba caldera development should not hurt or disadvantage the locals. If anyone does that, please let me know,” Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said at the cornerstone laying ceremony for the Toba Caldera Resort at Ajibata in Toba Samosir regency on Monday. The lakeside resort is to offer tourists a glamorous camping – or glamping – experience.

With a budget of Rp 4.04 trillion (US$286 million), the development plan focuses on the Lake Toba caldera, which the government ...

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