“We just want to convey to the business world that development in the capital of the archipelago is not only being carried out by the government, but the business world has also taken part,” said President Jokowi when laying the first stone or groundbreaking Vasanta Hotel in the Nusantara Capital area (IKN), North Penajam Paser Regency, East Kalimantan Province, Saturday (23/9/2023).
During his three-day visit to Indonesia from Thursday to Saturday, the President not only inspected the progress of the IKN core area development but also inaugurated the construction of several private projects. In addition to the Vasanta Hotel, the President also laid the cornerstone for the construction of the Nusantara Hotel. President Jokowi also laid the cornerstone for the construction of the National Training Center for PSSI and a hospital.
Indonesian to English Translation:
We only want to convey to the business world that development in the Nusantara Capital is not only being carried out by the government, but the business world has also entered the scene.
The president hopes that every month there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for various development projects in IKN.
”Every month there should be another groundbreaking and I will come here every month. “The schedule is already with the Head of the Authority (IKN),” he said.
The former Governor of DKI Jakarta also hopes that the groundbreaking for a number of projects will be a motor for accelerating the development of the archipelago. Apart from that, it is hoped that more facilities and infrastructure will be built at IKN, including hotels, hospitals, universities and safari parks.
The president expressed his appreciation to investors who were willing to invest in IKN. “I would like to thank the investors who have invested their capital. I believe that they have made a well-calculated decision to invest here because it is not a fruitless investment, they certainly want to profit,” he said.
In addition to laying the foundation stone for the hotel, on the third day of his visit to IKN, the President also observed the progress of the handling of the Regional Road Presidential Instruction (Inpres Jalan Daerah/IJD) in Agro Mulyo Village, Sepaku District, North Penajam Paser Regency. The road will eventually support IKN as a production route and access to tourist attractions, namely Goa Batu-Tapak Raja.
“This will provide support to IKN. And earlier, besides for production purposes, it was also connected to a tourist destination, at the end of which is Goa Batu Tapak Raja,” the President said in his statement following the inspection.”
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The road that serves as access to the Batu Tapak Raja tourist attraction is from the IJD road. The total national budget for IJD is Rp 14.6 trillion for 2,800 kilometers of road. “The total budget for the entire country of Indonesia is Rp 14.6 trillion, which is expected to improve and build 2,800 kilometers of road,” he said.
The head of state also encouraged prioritizing the IJD handling to improve and build production roads in every region. “Especially roads like these, production roads in districts. If (the road) is heavily used for palm oil transportation,” said President Jokowi.
President Jokowi targets the completion of IJD handling in Agro Mulyo Village at the end of 2023. “The end of the year is already completed. This county road is necessary because of its economic effect, which is the production road for palm oil, rubber, and others,” he said.
The Public Communication Bureau of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) has announced that the handling of the access road to the tourist attraction of Batu Tapak Raja Cave is being carried out by the East Kalimantan National Road Implementation Office (BBPJN), Directorate General of Highways, Ministry of PUPR, in July 2023.
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This road is connected to the Samboja-Sepaku National Road which is also access to the IKN area. “The target is to have it completed by the end of 2023,” said PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono.
The handling of tourism access to Goa Batu Tapak Raja along 9.7 km is being carried out in two work packages, namely the tourism access to Goa Batu Tapak Raja 1 along 4.8 km by contractor PT Duta Mega Perkasa with a contract value of Rp 34 billion. Next is the tourism access to Goa Batu Tapak Raja 2 along 3.5 km by contractor PT Pesona Jaya worth Rp 33.2 billion. Please note that there are no forbidden words in this article.
In addition, in the buffer zone of the East Kalimantan National Industrial Area (IKN), the Riko-Maridan road section, measuring 6.5 km and worth Rp 43 billion, is also being constructed. “In East Kalimantan, there are a total of 14 physical packages with a progress of around 10 percent because we are still in the initial stage. If we look at the national level, the physical progress has reached 19 percent,” said Director General of Highways, Hedy Rahadian.
According to Hedy, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing indeed targets regional roads that have the potential for people’s economic activity, such as the MSME production sector, agriculture, animal husbandry, and plantations. Other targets are regional roads that have been hindered in connectivity to national arterial roads or toll roads.
“After completion, the assets will be transferred to the local government. We hope that it will become a stimulus for the local government to build their respective regional road networks,” said Hedy.
Accompanying President Jokowi on this inspection are Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Erick Thohir, Investment Minister/Head of the Investment Coordinating Board Bahlil Lahadalia, and State Secretary Minister Pratikno. Also present are Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, IKN Authority Head Bambang Susantono, East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor, and Acting Regent of Penajam Paser Utara Makmur Marbun.