Indonesia: Ministry of Public Works to start infrastructure reconstruction

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Jakarta, Indonesia-Relief -- The Indonesian Minister of Public Works Djoko Kirmanto is also invited to hearing with House of Representative on Friday, along with Head of BRR Kuntoro Mangkusubroto. Kirmanto revealed several infrastructure projects that are ready to be implemented in 2005, including ADB financed rehabilitation of 115 km eastern coast of Aceh road and USAID funded construction of first 10 kilometer of Banda Aceh-Meulaboh road.
The minister divided its reconstruction project in Aceh into four sectors: spatial planning, road, human settlements, and water resource. Apart from using national budget ($55 million), the project will be financed by grant from World Bank and Asian Development Bank ($52.68 million), government of Japan and US ($80.7 million).

ADB has committed to provide $19.5 million for rehabilitation of road. In 2005 ADB will disbursed $4 million for rehabilitation of 115 km of roads, including national and province roads in Banda Aceh city, and several national road connecting Krueng Raya -- Blang Bintang, Banda Aceh -- Krueng Raya, and Seulimun -- Sigli.

US government in 2005 will only disbursed 15 million dollar for construction of first 10 kilometer, while Japanese will provide 5 million for procurement of heavy equipment, road material, and bridges.

In water resource sector, ADB will provide $7.5 million for rehabilitation of 23 irrigation systems and construction of 21 irrigation systems. Japanese government will provide $10.2 million to finance cleaning of river, procurement of heavy equipment, and material for flood prevention.

In settlement sector, World Bank is ready to provide $150 million for tsunami survivors empowerment program, rehabilitation of neighborhood infrastructure, rehabilitation of 2,000 houses, and construction of 1,313 new houses. ADB provide grants of $72.5 million for rehabilitation and development of water system and village infrastructure, drainage, waste disposal site, rehabilitation of 3,731 houses, and construction of 2,250 new houses. Government of Japan will provide 10.1 million for rehabilitation of water systems and procurement of heavy equipment.

For spatial sector, ADB will provide $5 million, which entirely will be disbursed in 2005.

National budget will be used for all sectors, except spatial sectors. For road sectors, the ministry will spent $28.8 million; $21.8 million for water resources sector; and $4.3 million for housing sector. So far, the minister said, only 10,28 percent has been used, due to lags in administrative process, procurement, as well as revision of project proposal. =A9 che