Govt Begins Construction of Kuwil Dam in North Sulawesi
Date 27 Desember 2016
The Government has begun the construction of Kuwil Kawangkoan Dam located in Kalawat District, North Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi Province.
The Dam, which is built with a budget of Rp1.42 trillion, is the 21st dam that the Government has built since 2015.
Speaking to reporters during the visit to the construction site on Tuesday morning, President Joko Jokowi Widodo said: This is Kuwil Dam located in North Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi Province. It covers an area of 308 hectares. Its huge and has the capacity of 23 million cubic meters. It will be functioned to reserve raw water (for areas) such as Manado, Bitung, and North Minahasa, President Jokowi said to reporters after the visit.
According to the President, the Dam will also function as a power plant, a tourist destination as well as be used to prevent floods that often hit the province.
Floodwater that often hit Manado is from Tondano River (located) here. The Dam will also function as a power plant and as a tourist destination. It has three functions. We expect the construction can be finished by 2019, President Jokowi said.
The construction of the dam serves as the proof of the Governments seriousness in improving infrastructures in the country, President Jokowi said. In 2015, we began building 13 dams. This year we have begun building eight dams. So in total, we have begun building 21 dams, the President added.
Also joining the President during the visit were Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey, and North Minahasa Utara Regent Vonnie Anneke Panambunan. (BPMI/ES) (EP/YM/Naster)