Gov’t Kicks off Construction of Tamblang Dam in Bali
Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has announced it has started the construction of Tamblang Dam in Buleleng Regency in the resort island of Bali.
According to Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljon, the construction of dams and irrigation all over the country will continue as part of the measures to support sustainable agricultural production.
The construction of Tamblang Dam, he said, is listed in the national strategic programs (PSN). The dam is also built to increase water storage and maintain continuity of supply of raw water and irrigation to rice fields in the island, the Minister added.
The Minister also said the dam has a storage capacity of 7.6 million cubic meters, adding that the construction progress has currently reached 21.03 % and the construction is expected to be finished in 2022.
In addition to fulfilling D.I Bungkulan and D.I Bulian irrigation water covering an area of 588 hectares, according to the Minister, the dam is also expected to provide 510 liter/second of raw water and an additional electricity reserve (PLTM) of 0.538 megawatts.
The dam will also function as a flood control, a conservation area and a tourist destination, he added.
For the record, the Tamblang Dam is an embankment dam with water source coming from Tukad Daya river. The dam is also equipped with a cofferdam (with a diameter of 4.50 meters) to prevent leak during the construction of the main dam.
The construction is carried out by state-owned construction company PT PP and PT. Adijaya in a joint operation (KSO) with a contract worth Rp769 billion.
In the meantime, Governor of Bali Wayan Koster said the dam construction is important for supporting development in the island.
“In the future, as the need for water continues to increase from year to year, Bali needs dams for irrigation, raw water supply, as well as for development of strategic areas and tourism,” he said. (Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing/EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Reviewed by: Yuyu Mulyani