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President Joko Widodo Inaugurates Way Sekampung Dam worth IDR1.78 Trillion

Kamis, 02-September-2021 23:00

Indonesian President Joko Widodo
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has inaugurated the Way Sekampung Dam, Pringsewu Regency, during a work visit to Lampung Province, on Thursday (09/02/2021).

The dam, which was built since 2016 at a cost of IDR1.78 trillion, has a capacity of 68 million cubic meters and an inundation area of ​​up to 800 hectares.

"Alhamdulillah (thank God), the Way Sekampung Dam, which has been built since 2016, has been completed and is ready to function," said the President.

In his remarks, President Joko Widodo said that the Way Sekampung Dam has a number of benefits that can be used by farmers and the surrounding communities. The benefits include irrigation, raw water supply of 2,737 liters per second, 5.4-megawatt power plant, as well as flood control, among others.

"The dam is able to provide irrigation for 55,000 hectares of existing irrigation areas and 17,500 hectares of new irrigation areas. This means that there is extensification," Joko Widodo added.

Through a number of benefits and water management with a cascade system implemented by the Way Sekampung Dam, it is hoped that the availability of water in one of the national food centers can be maintained, continue to produce, and increase the planting intensity of farmers.

"This means that production will certainly increase, and we hope that the welfare of farmers will also improve. This is our hope," said the President.

In addition, the dam is also considered to support agricultural productivity if it is connected with a well-organized irrigation system. President Joko Widodo also asked the relevant ranks to optimize the function of the dam so that it can provide real benefits for farmers and the communities around the dam.

"We hope that this dam will provide the maximum benefit to the people of Pringsewu and its surroundings in order to support farmer productivity, help people who have difficulty with clean water, and reduce community losses due to flooding," said the President.

Also accompanying the President in this inauguration were Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of SOEs Erick Thohir, Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, National Police Chief Police General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, Member of Commission V of the House of Representatives Tamanuri, South Sumatra Governor Herman Deru, Lampung Governor Arinal Djunaidi, and Pringsewu Regent Sujadi.

The inauguration of the Way Sekampung Dam also ended a series of work visits by President Joko Widodo in Lampung Province. After that, the Head of State and his entourage went straight to Radin Inten II Airport, South Lampung Regency, to take off to Jakarta using the Indonesia-1 Presidential Aircraft.

Reporter : turkhan
Editor : turkhan

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