Jakarta, Jubi – The government is planning to subsidize goods transport services in Papua. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that the Transportation Ministry has allocated 10 percent of its funds for infrastructure development in Papua.
Budi said that the plan was set to implement the equal development program in the eastern part of Indonesia. Budi also explained that the infrastructure development will be initiated by providing subsidies for goods transportation and the establishment of sea toll in Papua.
“Therefore, in addition to providing subsidies for commuters, we also subsidized transportation of goods in Papua,” Budi said in a written statement on Monday, March 6, 2017.
Budi said that the development of sea infrastructure and crossing facilities need to be optimized in an effort to increase island connectivity and transportation of goods in Papua. Budi asserted that establishing a sea toll will decrease price disparity between the eastern part and western part of Indonesia.
“Currently, we can reach Timika, Merauke, Manokwari, and we will continue to improve to allow access to [mountainous] regions,” Budi said.
In addition, Budi also highlighted the importance of developing river transportation to allow access to the most remote regions of Papua. “So that goods transport can be conducted not only through shore areas but also in river areas and prices of goods can be cheaper,” Budi stated.
Budi added that the Transportation Ministry will also develop air transportation to connect remote areas in Papua. Budi said that the Ministry will construct eight new airports with more than 1,000 meters of runway to allow large airplanes to land.
“Hopefully, our brothers living in mountain areas can be reached using large airplanes,” Budi said. (*)
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24 houses were buried by landslides in Yahukimo
Yahukimo, Jubi – Landslide disaster has struck the residents settlements and farms of in Buahun village Kabianggama District, Yahukimo Regency end of last year (December 30), at about three o’clock in the afternoon.
According to Enius Yual, a person in charge in handling landslide disaster in village Buahun, Kabianggama district, it occurred because Bibil Mountain was split in the middle that caused a shift of lands and landslides. As a result, dozens of houses and farms owned by residents were damaged and dozens of livestock died.
“There are 24 houses buried in landslides. Farms owned by residents in six villages, including Buahun, Bahabolma, Kawianggema, Soha, Supayo, and Domul villages, destroyed completely due to landslides in three locations. Total of 26 pigs also buried by landslides. Now people started to get coughing, fever chills, runny nose, and shortness of breath. Food also lacks and we ask government’s attention,” said Enius Yual to Jubi, in Dekai, Thursday (January 11).
“This disaster is a fact, not we need help from the government,” he added.
Chief of Kabianggema District, Agus Silip, who also witnesses said the disaster had happened almost two weeks ago, but the information were late to be delivered due to transportation which is only by plane. He just arrived in Deka, the regency capital, to bring evidence of disaster.
“Our house, farms, and pig are buried. Our house was ruined. Our essentials and kitchen appliances were covered by landslides. We started to get sick. We desperately need help from all parties. We’ve got nothing else,” said Silip.
He told Jubi that the disaster came in a suddenly. There was no earthquake, rain, or any other signs. Residents were in a state of shock and panic trying to save themselves.
“The news about the tragedy is delayed because of it happened in the hinterland. The means of communication are limited. Just today I met reporters,” he said.(tabloidjubi.com)
Ten bridges connecting Wamena-Kenyam completed in 2017
Wamena, Jubi – Ten bridges connecting Wamena-Kenyam are confirmed to be completed by the end of 2017. The bridge is part of 35 bridges to be built along the trans-Papua Wamena road, from Jayawijaya to Kenyam, Nduga.
“For the Papua-Wamena-Kenyam Trans Road itself has been translucent, but there are some great or high slopes need to be lowered again,” said Head of the National Road Implementation Work Unit (PJN) IV Papua, Togap Harianto Manik,
According to Harianto, there are currently two multi-year contracts of 35 bridges. Only 10 bridges can only be completed this year, while another 25 bridges will be completed by 2018 to 2019.
A total of 10 bridges are under construction using iron frames with varying lengths and pass through the rushing river pathways and dangerous for the people who pass.
“So there is a span or length of 100, 80 and 60 which may be quite heavy currents so it is impossible to pass by vehicle,” Harianto explained.
Not only Wamena to Kenyam, the implementation of national road in Puncak Jaya area is also targeted for completion in 2019, including roads from Wamena to Sugapa in Intan Jaya Regency.
Head of Work Unit (Satker) for the implementation of the national road of Puncak Jaya region, La Hanafi said that access to Puncak Jaya through six districts passed by Jayawijaya, Tolikara, Puncak, Puncak Jaya, Yahukimo and Lanny Jaya is targeted in the Trans Papua road program.
“Starting from Wamena to Enarotali border in Sugapa can be done in 2019,” said Hanafi.
In addition, PJN V Puncak Jaya is also working on roads starting from Dekai in Yahukimo Regency towards Kenyam, Nduga Regency, as part of trans-Papua road from Satker Jayawijaya Wamena to Kenyam.
“We ask for local governments and communities support for a non-technical way, because we are technically ready to implement it,” he said.
According to him, the total has reached 78 percent, and those are with several directions, such as Sugapa to Bioga, Bioga to Sugapa, Bioga-Illaga, Illaga to Bioga. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)
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