Ministry targets to finish four dams building in December

Jakarta – The General Public Functions and Public Real estate Ministry has actually targeted to finish the construction of four dams by end of December 2020 to support national food and water strength.

Minister of Public Works and Public Real estate Basuki Hadimuljono said in a statement here on Sunday, Indonesia’s water capacity has actually reached 2.7 trillion cubic meters per year. Nevertheless, of the overall volume just 691 billion cubic meters have actually been utilized, some 222 billion cubic meters of it were used for households, animal husbandry, fish farm, and irrigation.

The nation would need more water tanks, consisting of dams, hence individuals could gather rain water in the rainy season and utilize them throughout the dry season, he stated.

The ministry’s Director General for Water Resource Jarot Widyoko stated the four dams that have been consisted of in the government’s National Strategic Program are Tapin, Tukul, Napun Gete, and Passeloreng dams.

Building and construction of the 1,892- hectare Paselloreng dam has actually been completed, with its capability of 138 million cubic meters to irrigate 8,510 hectares of paddy field. The building and construction worth Rp753,4 billion was performed under the Joint Operational (KSO) plan of PT Wijaya Karya and PT Bumi Karsa.

Tukul Dam in East Java has the capacity of 8,68 million cubic meters and is forecasted to irrigate 600 hectares of paddy field and supply 300 liters of raw water per second. The construction worth Rp904 billion started in 2013 by PT Brantas Abipraya.

Tapin dam in South Kalimantan with capacity of 56.77 million cubic meters will focus on serving irrigation system in 5,472 hectares of paddy field in Tapin District.

Napun Gete dam in Sikka District of East Nusa Tenggara is anticipated to begin water impounding in December.

Widyoko stated the development of the dams belongs to structural efforts in managing water and minimizing the threat of flooding, in addition to non-structural efforts such as replanting program in upstream area, the synergy between government ministries/institutions with community that take care of the rivers, and continued education to individuals to stop littering in the river.

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