President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Friday (01/14) inaugurated Bintang Bano dam in West Sumbawa regency, West Nusa Tenggara province.
“Thank God, today the construction of Bintang Bano dam, which has been under way since 2015 with a budget of Rp1.44 trillion, has been completed and the dam can now be operated. Bintang Bano dam has a huge capacity – 76 million cubic meters with an inundation area of 256 hectares and it can water 6,700 hectares of rice field,” the President said in his opening remarks.
For the record, the newly-inaugurated dam is one of six dams in the province built during President Jokowi’s administration.
Two of these dams, Tanju and Mila Dams, were inaugurated back in 2018 and 2019 respectively, while, the other three dams, Beringin Sila, Tiu Suntuk, and Meninting Dams, are still under construction.
“We hope this dam can sustain water supply in West Sumbawa regency, support food security in West Nusa Tenggara province, and fulfill the need for raw water, especially in dry areas in the province,” the President said, adding that the dam is the 29th dam that has been inaugurated by the Government since 2015.
“God willing, at the end of 2024 the number of completed dams will be 57 across Indonesia,” he said.
The President also reiterated that water is the key to food security and sovereignty; hence the Government continues to build dams in many regions throughout the country.
“Food security, food independence, food sovereignty will only be achieved if all provinces have water. The key is water. And water will be available if we have as many dams as possible. That is why we are building these dams,” he remarked. (MAY/UN) (DH/EP)
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