Rp 3.6 trillion allocated for Trans-Papua road
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta - 26/01/2012
The Public Works Ministry is allocating Rp 3.6 trillion (US$399 million) to build the Trans-Papua Highway.
Iqbal Pane, national road construction development director of the ministry’s Bina Marga (Highway) Directorate General, said that the budget to build roads and bridges in the Papua and West Papua provinces was among the largest of all provinces.
He said that Bina Marga had a Rp. 30 trillion budget to construct roads and bridges throughout the country.
Iqbal said that the aim of the Trans-Papua Highway was to connect isolated areas in Papua’s central highlands to Wamena, Habema, Kenyam, Batas Batu, as well as the Asmat regency on the south coast.
He added that there were also two road projects in Papua which have been included in the Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI). The roads are those linking Timika, in the Mimika regency, and Enarotali, in the Paniai regency, and those linking Merauke with Tanah Merah in the Bouven Digoel regency.
“We are prioritizing the highway and the other two roads, which are included in the MP3EI,” Iqbal said Thursday as quoted by Antara news agency.
He said that the government aims to build 70 percent of a total of 3,100 kilometers of national road in Papua and West Papua by 2014. (drs)