Indonesia Builds 12,000 Houses for Underdeveloped Regions This Year
The Jakarta Globe, 05/03/2012
Two state ministries inked a deal on Monday to jointly develop 12,000 new low-cost houses in 200 underdeveloped regions across the archipelago.
State Minister for the Acceleration of Development in Underdeveloped Regions, Helmy Faishal Zaini, and State Minister for Public Housing Djan Faridz signed the memorandum of understanding in Jakarta.
The 200 underprivileged regions are situated in 27 out of Indonesia’s 33 provinces, with East Nusa Tenggara to host the largest number of the houses — 1,440 — followed by Papua with 1,260 houses.
Helmy said he expected even a larger number of low-cost houses to be built in underdeveloped regions next year, including in Indonesia’s outermost islands, estimated to be inhabited by 20,000 families.
“By the end of 2013, we hope 100 percent of the outermost islands become free from shabby houses,” he said upon signing the MoU.
Djan, meanwhile, said his ministry was developing a total of 60,000 houses this year, which fell short the 4.8 million needed.