THE Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) has arranged three tourist areas in Kupang City, NTT in order to complement the Labuan Bajo Super Priority Tourism Destination (DPSP).

PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said that the arrangement of the area in Kupang City aims to support existing tourism activities by providing comfortable and proper infrastructure. Infrastructure development is carried out in an integrated manner, starting from zoning, roads, providing raw water and clean water, waste management, sanitation, and improving people’s housing by considering environmental, social and economic aspects.

“For tourism, first the infrastructure must be repaired, then the amenities and a new big promotional event. If it’s not ready, tourists come once and won’t come back again. That is what we have to really take care of,” he said in official press release, Thursday (25/2).

The arrangement of Kupang City is carried out in stages by improving the environmental quality of the tourism area to be better, as well as encouraging the development of marine tourism destinations that are the pride of the people of Kupang City.

Phase I has already begun by arranging three locations, namely the Kota Lama area or Lai-Lai Besi Kopan Beach, Kelapa Lima Beach, and Corridor 3 Jalan Frans Seda. The arrangement was carried out by the contractor PT Brantas Abipraya with a multi-year contract value of IDR81 billion sourced from the 2020-2021 FY State Budget.

Currently, the entire physical progress is 3.2%. The arrangement of the Lai-Lai Besi Kopan Beach area is carried out by improving the quality of open space, arranging street vendors, and connecting the main axis (coastal corridor) with hardscape material.

Furthermore, the arrangement of Kelapa Lima Beach which has an area of ​​11,765 square meters was carried out by returning the view towards the beach, including arranging street sellers (moving) to the port to maximize public open space. Then there was also the arrangement of Corridor 3 on Jalan Frans Seda by improving the quality of public open spaces and landscapes.

Corridor 3 area of ​​Jalan Frans Seda, covering an area of ​​5.26 hectares, will be equipped with, among other things, 216.77 meters of drainage. Meanwhile, phase II of the area arrangement is currently still in the planning process with a budget requirement of around Rp120 billion from the APBN of the Ministry of PUPR for the 2021-2022 TA.

It is hoped that the arrangement of tourist areas in Kupang City can become a new tourist destination on a national scale, nature-based, and cultural recreation that will complement the Labuan Bajo DPSP. In addition, it is hoped that this regional arrangement can improve the local economy. [ special]