Indonesia Asks South Korean Aid to Accelerate Dam Construction

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  • Sejumlah anak memperhatikan dua alat berat saat melakukan pembuatan waduk di Cipedak, Jagakarsa, Jakarta Selatan, Rabu (30/04). Pembangunan waduk Brigif dengan luas 10,3 hektar, kedalaman 3 sampai 4 meter ini bertujuan untuk mengurangi banjir yang sering melanda pemukiman warga di wilayah Jakarta Selatan. TEMPO/Dian Triyuli Handoko

    Sejumlah anak memperhatikan dua alat berat saat melakukan pembuatan waduk di Cipedak, Jagakarsa, Jakarta Selatan, Rabu (30/04). Pembangunan waduk Brigif dengan luas 10,3 hektar, kedalaman 3 sampai 4 meter ini bertujuan untuk mengurangi banjir yang sering melanda pemukiman warga di wilayah Jakarta Selatan. TEMPO/Dian Triyuli Handoko

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono has asked the assistance from the South Korean government to accelerate the construction of Karian dam in Lebak, Banten province.

    The construction of the dam requires the clearing of a 2,100-hectare of land located in eleven villages.

    "The Karian dam is needed to prevent floods and landslide,” Basuki said on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

    He also said that the dam would be able to supply water to Banten province and Jakarta.

    Basuki further said that the construction of Karian dam requires a fund of Rp1.7 trillion and most of the funds are from the South Korean’s International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), amounting to US$100 million.

    Currently, the construction of Karian dam is still at the re-tender phase; thus, the Minister asked for the cooperation from the South Korean government to help accelerate the construction of the dam.

    “We must have a time frame to complete to Karian Dam. However, we are still in the re-tendering process that takes a long time. So I asked the South Korean government to help,” Basuki said.

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