THE Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) is working on 108 infrastructure activities in five Super Priority Tourism Destinations (SPTD) this year.

According to the Minister of PUPR, Basuki Hadimuljono, the infrastructure development at each SPTD is planned in an integrated manner, including the arrangement of areas, roads, provision of raw water and clean water, waste management, sanitation, and improvement of residents’ housing through a master plan for infrastructure development.

“For tourism, first the infrastructure must be repaired, then amenities and activities, then a massive promotion. If that’s not ready, tourists come once and won’t come back again. That is what we have to really take care of. The principle is to change the face of the region to be carried out quickly, in an integrated manner, and to have an impact on the local and national economy,” said Minister Basuki in a written statement received in Jakarta, Thursday (8/4).

For this reason, the PUPR Ministry is boosting the infrastructure development of SPTD Lake Toba, Borobudur, Lombok, Labuan Bajo, and Manado-Bitung-Likupang, with 108 infrastructure activities worth IDR4.01 trillion this year. The SPTD infrastructure built by the PUPR Ministry includes connectivity, water resources, settlements and housing.

For Lake Toba SPTD, the budget for FY 2021 is IDR1.07 trillion for 21 activities, including preservation of the road and the border bridge of the Dairi-Dolok Sanggul Regency and handling of access roads for spiritual tourism in Samosir Regency.

Furthermore, for SPTD Borobudur amounting to IDR0.90 trillion for 19 activities including connectivity, flood control as well as tourism supporting facilities and infrastructure such as the preservation of the Pringsurat-Secan-Keprekan Road and flood control infrastructure for the Serang River.

For the Mandalika DPSP, the amount is IDR0.95 trillion for 17 activities, including the construction of the Lombok International Airport (BIL)-Mandalika 2 Bypass Road and the arrangement of the 3 Gili area in North Lombok.

Meanwhile, for Labuan Bajo, IDR630 billion is budgeted for 26 activities, including optimization of the Labuan Bajo Wastewater Management Plant (IPAL), construction of beach safeguards and the Loh Buaya Pier on Rinca Island.

Finally, for the Manado-Bitung-Likupang DPSP, a budget of IDR480 billion is used for 25 activities, including the handling of the Girian-Likupang Road and the arrangement of the Malayang Beach area of ​​Manado City. [antaranews/photo special]