New Roads and Houses for the Papuan People in Intan Jaya Regency

Papua has recently been under the government’s care and attention with President Joko Widodo’s administration. Under his leadership, he wants Papua to have rapid development by increasing their economic growth and welfare. Therefore, the central and local government are cooperating to make this vision a reality. One of the solutions being implemented by building more transportation infrastructures for easier access to Papua. Currently, they are building Trans Papua Road, Sea Tolls, Trans Papua Railway and more flights routes.

Transportation infrastructures are important to overcome the challenging access in Papua and break the isolation in Papua. Hence, Public Works Service (PU) in Intan Jaya Regency also build a road to interconnect their districts with other regencies. On 2010-2015,  Public Works Service in Intan Jaya Regency has built a 129 km road.

“We are building 11 roads that include Anarotali (Paniai), Ilaga (Puncak), Cartenz, Agisiga, Mindao-Emondi, Titigi-Eknemba, Bugalaga-KM 117 Nabire Regency, Bilai-Pogapa, Sugapa Lama-Janamba-Soanggama, Holomama-Wayasiga dan Mbiiandoga,” said the Chief of Public Works Service in Intan Jaya Regency, Bhenny G. Lakatompessy, cited from AntaraPapua.

Currently, Public Works Service in Intan Jaya Regency has already built Sugapa-Anarotali roads that are using two ways system. To toughen the roads, they also built an asphalt road with Penetration Macadam structure of 4 km span. This year, they will also add another 2 km.

Moreover, Public Works Service in Intan Jaya Regency is also building 15 habitable houses that will be donated to the Papuan people. These houses are for the people in Papua who have yet to have a house, especially for those who are from Honai

“PU has already built five houses on 2015 using the State Budget (APBN), while with Special Allocation Funds (DAK), 15 units have been built this year,” said Lakatompessy. “These habitable houses are type 34 with a unit price of around 600 million IDR/unit. We have 10 billion IDR from DAK to built 15 units of house,” he added, cited from AntaraPapua.

This year, they are also planing to build 60 more houses for the districts in Intan Jaya Regency. Their plan has already been approved by the central government and will be funded by DAK 2017. By building more habitable houses, the government is expected to increase the welfare of the people in Papua. Furthermore, they also want to overcome the isolation problem in Papua with their challenging access, by building more transportation infrastructures.

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