Government Accelerates an Infrastructure Development for Papua and West Papua, Here are the Details – The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) steadily commits to realizing a reliable infrastructure development in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

It aims to reduce poverty, reduce the cost index and equitable distribution of infrastructure development around Indonesia.

To support this agenda, the Ministry of PUPR takes breakthrough steps in the infrastructure development that are more integrated, precise, focused and synergized with ministries/agencies and local governments.

In the Fiscal Year of 2021, the PUPR infrastructure development budget allocation for Papua Province is Rp. 6.19 trillion for the Water Resources (SDA) sector of Rp. 732.87 billion, roads and bridges of Rp. 4.49 trillion, settlements of Rp. 683.03 billion and housing of Rp. 288. .35 billion. Based on current data, the physical progress of infrastructure development in Papua for Fiscal Year 2021 is 37.95 percent and financial progress is 41.06 percent.

Meanwhile, in West Papua Province, Rp 3.75 trillion is allocated, which will be used for the natural resources sector, Rp. 543.27 billion, roads and bridges Rp. 2.66 trillion, Rp. 312.23 billion for settlements and Rp. 228.83 billion for housing. Based on current data, the physical progress of infrastructure development in West Papua in the 2021 fiscal year is 44.09 percent and financial is 42.9 percent.

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Of the total length, at the present, the road that has been functioned is 3,446 km, with 1,733 km of asphalt, 1,712 km of unpaved and 16 km of unpaved roads.

In 2021, the handling of the Trans Papua Road in Papua, which is 139 km long and West Papua 120 km, includes new development, road opening and structural/pavement improvement.

In addition, the PUPR Ministry is also finishing the construction of the Border Road in Papua with a total length of 1,098 km, of which 931 km has penetrated with 756 km of asphalt.

In 2021, a 34 km long Border Road in Papua is under construction including new construction, road opening and structural/pavement improvement.

In border areas, the Ministry of PUPR has built the Yetetkun Cross-Border Post (PLBN) with 8 percent progress with a target of completion in April 2022) and the Sota PLBN which has been accomplished in 2020, including market facilities.

Furthermore, to support the development of human resource capacity, the Ministry of PUPR has built 179 schools and has handled religions, 1 PTN, and 8 sports facilities in Papua. In addition, the PUPR Ministry also conducts human resource [HR] training for construction services involving Papuan and West Papuan native partners.

To increase local economic growth, the Ministry of PUPR has completed the rehabilitation/reconstruction of Wouma Market in Wamena in 2020 with a budget of Rp. 2.1 billion and the rehabilitation/reconstruction of 403 shop houses in Wamena after social conflict with a budget of Rp. 138.6 billion. Furthermore, the Ministry of PUPR is conducting an auction for the construction of the Thumburuni Market in Fakfak, West Papua with a plan to start construction in early August 2021.

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Meanwhile, to provide more work space for Papuan children who are superior, creative, and advanced, the Expert Staff of the Minister of PUPR for Technology, Innovation and Environment as well as Spokesperson for the Ministry of PUPR Endra S. Atmawidjaja said that the Directorate General of Cipta Karya would do a duty for constructing a development center of Creative Papua or Youth Creative Hub in Jayapura, Papua Province.

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