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Government to Spend Rp404 t on Infrastructure Projects in 2018

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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo gets ready to inspect the progress of the trans-Papua road project by motorbike in Wamena on May 10. (Courtesy/State Palace)

Next year, the government plans to allocate Rp404 trillion (US$30.23 billion) for infrastructure development, according to the draft state budget announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday. This year, the government projects to spend Rp387.70 trillion.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo gets ready to inspect the progress of the trans-Papua road project by motorbike in Wamena on May 10. (Courtesy/State Palace)

The President explained that 856 kilometers of new roads and 781 kilometers of irrigation channels would be constructed.

“Infrastructure development is expected to boost economic growth and improve connectivity among the regions,” Jokowi said when reading out a financial note during a House of Representatives plenary session.

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The government will also develop sanitation infrastructure to manage waste water produced by 853,000 households, construct water treatment plants and develop 7,062 low-cost apartments for low-income families, Jokowi added.

Meanwhile, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said 41.30 percent of the total budget would be spent on road construction and for the maintenance of 46,000 existing roads across the country.

The government has allocated Rp37 trillion for constructing and repairing irrigation infrastructure — including 11 new dams, 54,000 hectares of irrigation networks and repairing 160,000 hectares of existing irrigation networks.

For waste water treatment and clean water infrastructure, the government has allocated Rp16 trillion, the minister added.

“Tenders for the government projects in 2018 will be opened in October this year,” he said, adding that in addition to the projects funded by the state budget, the government would also invite the private sector to develop infrastructure through private-public partnerships (PPPs). (bbn, The Jakarta Post)

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