Infrastructure Development in West Papua is Intensified in Sorong Regency

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The infrastructure development
in West Papua is divided into
two Strategic Development
Areas (WPS), namely WPS 31 Sorong-
Manokwari and WPS 32 Manokwari-
Bintuni. Development in this region is
being driven to increase connectivity in
Papua.

According to Basuki Hadimuljono,
Minister of Public Works and People’s
Housing (PUPR), the government’s
infrastructure development is not only
to encourage economic development in
urban and other developed areas but also
to encourage infrastructure development
in developing and border areas to reduce
social, economic and territorial disparities.
In 2017, the PUPR Ministry has
budgeted at least Rp 2.23 trillion for
infrastructure development in support of
food security, connectivity, settlements and
housing in West Papua Province.

Some strategic infrastructure has
been completed, while others are still in
the process of completion. To support
water and food security, the PUPR Ministry
has completed the construction of Wariori
Dam in Manokwari District in 2016.
This dam is equipped with 1 km of
primary irrigation channel that irrigates
1,400 hectares of rice fields from the
existing potential of 3,450 hectares. Its
construction consumed a budget allocation
of Rp 237.5 billion through working
contracts from 2013 to 2016.

Another dam in Manokwari Regency
that has been completed in the year
......is Oransbari Dam which is able to
irrigate a rice field area of 3,016 hectares.
Currently, Oransbari Dam irrigates 700 ha
of paddy fields owned by 450 farmers. The
existence of Oransbari Dam is to support
the program of increasing food production and also to improve the provision of water
in the region.

In addition, through the West Papua
River Basin, the PUPR Ministry has also
completed the revitalization of the Klagison
River in Sorong City with a total budget
of Rp19.56 billion and the construction of
the Tanjung Kasuari and Supraw Coast
safeguards of Rp13.22 billion.

Meanwhile, to support connectivity in
the field of road construction, the Ministry
of PUPR, through the National Road
Implementation Center of West Papua, is
currently completing the Trans West Road
Development Project in the western part.
Up to now, 1,058.76 km of the total length
of 1,070.62 km of road construction has
been completed and targeted to be fully
opened this year.

459.93 km of the 594.81 km long
Sorong-Maybrat-Manokwari road segment
(Segment 1) has been completed and
134.88 km is still in the soil pavement
condition. In this road, as many as 140
bridges of the planned 144 bridges, with a
total length of 4,769.70 meters, have also
been built. The rest will be completed by
2018.

The Manokwari-Wameh-Wasior-
Batas Papua Province road (Segment 2)
has a length of 475,81 Km. Conditions
are already paved along 147.99 km, while
the remaining 315.96 Km is still in the soil
pavement condition. This road segment
is fully open, but it still needs geometry
improvement and bridge handling in some
locations.

In this road, as many as 68 bridges
(2016) of the 195 planned bridges, with a
total length of 6.422 Km, have been built.
The rest will be completed by 2018.
Meanwhile, 15.55 Km of the
Sorong-Port Arar road segment has been asphalted while the remaining 34.64 km is
still in the soil pavement condition.

To support connectivity to the Port of
Arar, which is a Sorong Special Economic
Zone (KEK), the Ministry of PUPR is also
building a 50.19 Km Sorong ring road
to the Port of Arar. This road segment
consists of 2 segments, namely the 17.6
Km road from Aimas to the Port of Arar and
the 32.59 Km road from Aimas to the Soka
area circling the city of Sorong.

President Jokowi has requested
that infrastructure development in Papua
and West Papua be accelerated more,
especially development in isolated areas
and areas located in border areas. This
acceleration is needed to boosts economic
growth and equitable development.
President Jokowi said that Papua
and West Papua are provinces that
have large areas with abundant natural
wealth potential, ranging from the mining,
agriculture, forestry, to marine and
fisheries sectors. This great potential
must be fully utilized for the welfare of the
people.

According to President Jokowi,
the key to mobilizing the economy
and equitable development in Papua
and West Papua is the acceleration of
infrastructure development. Therefore, the
government will open all areas in Papua
and West Papua from isolation to reduce
logistics costs, raise competitiveness, and
accelerate development.

In the next two years, infrastructure
development in West Papua will be
intensified into Sorong regency because
lands for other port projects located in Arar
and Seget have not been fully acquired.
While in Sorong, as many as five hectares
of land has been reclaimed.

Source : Tabloid West Papua 001 Year I - 15 November - 14 December 2017

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