TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Transportation Ministry has earmarked a budget of Rp1.2 trillion to build the transportation facility in Borobudur, Central Java. The figure is higher than the budget for other four super-priority tourist destinations namely Mandalika, Lake Toba, Labuan Bajo, and Likupang.
“This budget will be used to finance the construction of land transportation and railways,” said Transportation Minister Budi Karya at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Wednesday, February 5.
Budi Karya explained that Borobudur could be accessed through Adi Sutjipto Airport and the newly-opened Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulonprogo. Tourists could also reach the Buddhist temple via airports of other cities, such as Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang and Adi Soemarmo Airport in Solo.
In each airport, the ministry was determined to provide transportation infrastructures, such as trains and buses connecting to the temple. Budi Karya added that his ministry was presently preparing intermodal transportation from YIA.
“There will be four special routes to the airports out of the total 13 available routes,” said the minister, adding that the construction of the YIA-Borobudur train was also being planned.
Throughout 2020, Transportation Ministry allocated a budget of up to Rp2.9 trillion for the development of the five super-priority tourist destinations; Rp1.03 trillion for Lake Toba, Rp40 billion for Mandalika, Rp435 billion for Labuan Bajo, and Rp146 billion for Likupang.
Budi Karya pinned hoped the construction of the transportation facilities in the said five sites would meet for completion this year so that the government could focus on developing other new Bali destinations in 2021.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA