Wednesday, 09 May, 2012 | 15:36 WIB
Muarajambi Region To Be Designated As Industry Free Zone
TEMPO Interactive, Jambi:Jambi provincial government is taking initiatives to free Muarajambi Temple area from industrial activities this year.
Head of Jambi Provincial Tourism Department Didy Wurjanto said that the regional government is awaiting the outcome of a special legal team's review expected to be out this year. After the review, he said "All the activities deemed disruptive and destructive to the Temple area will be outlawed.”
Special Legal Team for Muarajambi Temple is comprised of, among others, archeological experts, representatives from Tourism Ministry, Home Ministry, Education Ministry along with other related ministries.
According to Didy, activities that will be prohibited in the area include land excavation, waste disposal, as well as other activities that can damage the temple.
"Farming and cultivating are not included in the prohibited activities. Therefore most likely there will not be expulsion of residents who have long relied on this area for their living” he assured.
In the past few years, a number of warehouses and factories, among others coal storage facilities, crude palm oil stockpiling facilities and coconut oil processing plant, were built in the area which covers 2.612 hectares. The presence of these facilities, said Director of Svarnadvipa Institute, M. Husnul Abid, can threaten the conservation of the temple. According to Abid, two critical measures are urgently needed to save Muarajambi; to stop industrial activities and to establish the area as a cultural heritage area.