Infrastructure Development in West Papua is Intensified in Sorong Regency
The infrastructure development in West Papua is divided in to two Strategic Development Areas (WPS), namely WPS 31 Sorong-Manokwari and WPS 32 Manokwari-Bintuni. Development in this region is being driven to increase connectivity in Papua.According to Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works and People’s Housing (PUPR), the government’s infrastructure development is not only to encourage economic development in urban and other developed areas but also to encourage infrastructure development in developing and border areas to reduce social, economic and territorial disparities.
In 2017, the PUPR Ministry has budgeted at least Rp 2.23 trillion for infrastructure development in support of food security, connectivity, settlements and housing in West Papua Province. Some strategic infrastructure has been completed, while others are still in the process of completion. To support water and food security, the PUPR Ministry has completed the construction of Wariori Dam in Manokwari District in 2016.
This dam is equipped with 1 km of primary irrigation channel that irrigates 1,400 hectares of rice fields from the existing potential of 3,450 hectares. Its construction consumed a budget allocation of Rp 237.5 billion through working contracts from 2013 to 2016.
Another dam in Manokwari Regency that has been completed in the year……is Oransbari Dam which is able to irrigate a rice field area of 3,016 hectares. Currently, Oransbari Dam irrigates 700 ha of paddy fields owned by 450 farmers. The existence of Oransbari Dam is to support the program of increasing food production and also to improve the provision of waterin the region.
In addition, through the West Papua River Basin, the PUPR Ministry has also completed the revitalization of the Klagis on River in Sorong City with a total budget of Rp.19.56 billion and the construction of the Tanjung Kasuari and Supraw Coast safeguards of Rp.13.22 billion.
Meanwhile, to support connectivity in the field of road construction, the Ministry of PUPR, through the National Road Implementation Center of West Papua, is currently completing the Trans West Road Development Project in the western part.
Up to now, 1,058.76 km of the total length of 1,070.62 km of road construction has been completed and targeted to be fully opened this year.459.93 km of the 594.81 km long Sorong-Maybrat-Manokwari road segment(Segment 1) has been completed and 134.88 km is still in the soil pavement condition.
In this road, as many as 140bridges of the planned 144 bridges, with atotal length of 4,769.70 meters, have alsobeen built. The rest will be completed by2018.The Manokwari-Wameh-Wasior-Batas Papua Province road (Segment 2) has a length of 475,81 Km.
Conditions are already paved along 147.99 km, while the remaining 315.96 Km is still in the soil pavement condition. This road segment is fully open, but it still needs geometry improvement and bridge handling in some locations.
In this road, as many as 68 bridges(2016) of the 195 planned bridges, with a total length of 6.422 Km, have been built.The rest will be completed by 2018. Meanwhile, 15.55 Km of the Sorong-Port Arar road segment has been asphalted while the remaining 34.64 km is still in the soil pavement condition.
To support connectivity to the Port of Arar, which is a Sorong Special Economic Zone (KEK), the Ministry of PUPR is also building a 50.19 Km Sorong ring road to the Port of Arar.
This road segment consists of 2 segments, namely the 17.6 Km road from Aimas to the Port of Arar and the 32.59 Km road from Aimas to the Soka area circling the city of Sorong. President Jokowi has requested that infrastructure development in Papua and West Papua be accelerated more, especially development in isolated are as and areas located in border areas.
This acceleration is needed to boosts economic growth and equitable development. President Jokowi said that Papua and West Papua are provinces that have large areas with abundant natural wealth potential, ranging from the mining, agriculture, forestry, to marine and fisheries sectors.
This great potential must be fully utilized for the welfare of the people. According to President Jokowi, the key to mobilizing the economy and equitable development in Papua and West Papua is the acceleration of infrastructure development.
Therefore, the government will open all areas in Papua and West Papua from isolation to reduce logistics costs, raise competitiveness, and accelerate development.
In the next two years, infrastructure development in West Papua will be intensified into Sorong regency because lands for other port projects located in Arar and Seget have not been fully acquired. While in Sorong, as many as five hectares of land has been reclaimed.