Margatiga Dam to be Completed in December This Year

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 18 Agustus 2022
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Construction of Margatiga Dam (Image source: Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing PR)

In a bid to increase the number of water reservoirs and to improve flood control as well as support the national food security in Lampung province, the Government through Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing continues to accelerate the construction of Margatiga Dam.

Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono said that currently the construction has entered the final stage with 96 percent completion and is expected to be completed at the end of this year.

“The dam will be complemented by the construction of the irrigation network, so that farmers who previously can only plant once a year can grow to 2-3 times with a continuous supply of water from the dam,” Basuki said as quoted on the Ministry’s website, Thursday (08/18).

For the record, Margatiga Dam has a capacity of 42.31 million cubic meters with an inundation area of ​​2,314 hectares. The dam is also prepared to supply raw water of 0.8 cubic meters per second for East Lampung regency.

With an area of ​​approximately 5,325.03 square kilometers or about 15 percent of the total area of ​​Lampung province, East Lampung regency is expected to continue to develop, one of which is through the development of the industrial, mining, tourism, services, and MSMEs which require raw water sourced from dams.

The dam—which is located in Negeri Jemanten village and Trisinar village—is also integrated with two other dams in the upstream area, namely Way Sekampung Dam, which was inaugurated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in September last year and Batutegi Dam, which was completed in 2004.

Margatiga Dam is expected to reduce flooding by 83.10 cubic meters per second for parts of Bandar Lampung and East Lampung. This dam also has potential as a water conservation and new tourism destination in the province. (Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing PR/UN) (GWH/MUR)

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