Melanesiatimes.com – The government guarantees the development of archipelago-based road infrastructure in Maluku based on equity and social justice. Not solely the economic aspect. Therefore, the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) seeks advice and input from regional heads throughout Maluku, related to infrastructure development. “Infrastructure development plans must be aligned with regional needs. So that development is more targeted and really beneficial for the local community,” said Deputy I of the Presidential Staff Office, Febry Calvin Tetelepta when chairing a coordination meeting on road infrastructure development in Ambon, Wednesday (24/3).
The government has set the construction of trans roads on 18 foremost, outermost, and underdeveloped (3T) islands as Strategic Priority Projects (Major Projects) in the 2020-2024 RPJMN. Of the 18 islands, 8 of them are in Maluku Province, namely Aru, Babar, Buru, Seram, Kei Besar, Selaru, Moa, and Wetar. Febry said, this is a form of support and attention from the President in welfare development in Maluku Province.
According to Febry, infrastructure development targets border islands which are the front porch as well as a symbol of honor for the nation and state. In addition, the development of Trans Maluku as part of the government’s commitment to Indonesia-centric development. “Don’t we don’t build roads because there are no cars passing by. In fact, cars do not pass because the road does not exist, so the government encourages that road sections on the islands can be penetrated and connected properly, “he said.
On the same occasion, Director of Road Development of the Ministry of PUPR Herry Faza said that the aspirations of regional heads throughout Maluku would be directly discussed further in the Regional Consultation (Konreg) of the Ministry of PUPR. The main challenge, according to Herry, is budget availability because the state budget is still contracting due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Furthermore, we will finalize the development plan and its implementation based on the priority scale,” Herry said.
Meanwhile, Head of the Maluku National Road Implementation Center (BPJN) Jon Damanik added that synergy between the central and regional governments is needed so that road sections can be connected completely. In addition, local governments must also ensure the fulfillment of readiness criteria such as land readiness, permits, and others.
Regional heads throughout Maluku welcomed the results of the coordination meeting facilitated by the KSP. Southeast Maluku Regent Muhamad Thaher Hanubun believes that collaboration in infrastructure development is the key to economic growth and regional development in Maluku in an equitable manner. Aru Islands Vice Regent Muin Sogalrey stated that the construction of road infrastructure in his region would improve connectivity and open isolation on border islands.