MINISTER of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono ensured that infrastructure development in 5 Super Priority Destinations (DSPs) was as planned or on the track.

Basuki Hadimuljono when welcoming the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno at the PUPR Ministry Office, Jakarta said his arrival was part of coordination as a follow-up to President Joko Widodo’s direction to accelerate development development in 5 DSPs, namely Lake Toba, Mandalika, Borobudur, Labuan Bajo and Likupang.

“Hopefully, infrastructure development in 5 super priority destinations is ready, all progress is on the track. We welcome the revival of this infrastructure by implementing disciplined health protocols. So that when the infrastructure is built, the people’s economy can revive,” he said.

He explained the progress of infrastructure development in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara. The development is going well so it is hoped that Mandalika will be ready to hold an international motorbike racing event, MotoGP 2021. MotoGP in Mandalika is ready, it seems that there is a lot to be done, but we are sure that in July 2021 the Mandalika circuit and its supporting facilities will be ready. Hopefully this event can be held in October 2021.

“In particular, I monitor Mandalika in detail. If the circuit is done by PT PP and outside it is like the road from the airport (Zainuddin Abdul Madjid) -Mandalika, we will finish everything before July. Before the second visit from Dorna Sport (Organization for organizing the MotoGP race), hopefully it will be over.

Furthermore, Minister Basuki explained in general the development progress of the other 5 DSPs. It is targeted that by the middle of this year the construction will be completed.

“The progress of developing other destinations in December 2020 must have been completed. But because there is rescoping (reduction in work items) and then there is a pandemic, we hope that by mid-year this will be completed in Labuan Bajo, Likupang, Toba and Borobudur,” he noted.

He added that the most important thing is that all programs carried out in this regard are implemented by involving various elements of society. Some of them are done through the concept of labor-intensive projects in which the work involves the local community directly. It is hoped that this can simultaneously be a solution for job creation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. []