The Jakarta Post
The Public Works and Housing Ministry handed over 50 homes measuring 28 square meters to fisherfolk living in Linggi village, East Simeulue district, Simeulue regency, Aceh, on Thursday.
Such assistance was expected to help improve the welfare of fisherfolk in the village, as they now had a proper place to live.
Each house comprises two bedrooms, a bathroom and living room, and is built from brick and concrete.
“We have also installed land-retaining walls [to prevent landslides] as well as other facilities and utilities in the housing complex,” said Lilik Lastantyo Adiarso, the head of the ministry’s specific non-vertical housing task force in Aceh, on Thursday.
The ministry allocated Rp 6.4 billion (US$3,9 million) to build the 50 houses in Simeulue, as well as an additional Rp 713 million to build supporting facilities, such as a public road and clean water network.
Lilik went on to say that the housing program was initiated to combat poverty.
“We hope the local administration and fisherfolk living in these houses will find these facilities useful and also maintain them so the buildings won’t get abandoned” he said.
Simeulue Regent Erli Hasim said the local administration had vowed to maintain the housing provided by the ministry. He went on to say that his office would work to relocate local fisherfolk to the housing complex immediately.
The ministry announced in February that it had also provided 25 houses for fisherfolk in North Kayong regency, West Kalimantan. (trn)