President Jokowi Inspects Paselloreng Dam
Date 3 Juli 2018
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo accompanied by First Lady Ibu Iriana, on the second day of their working visit in South Sulawesi Province, inspected Paselloreng Dam construction project in Arajang Village, Gilireng District, Wajo Regency, Tuesday (3/7).
The dam is one of the three new dam projects in South Sulawesi besides Karalloe and Pamukkulu Dams, which located in Gowa District and Takalar District, respectively.
The construction of the three dams will increase water reserves in South Sulawesi by 261.23 million cubic meters and increase the supply of irrigation water in the province, which has long been known as one of national food centers.
For the record, the construction of Paselloreng Dam itself was began in mid-2015 and predicted to irrigate 7,000 hectares of irrigation land. The maximum capacity of the dam is 138 million cubic meters of water or 9 times bigger than Raknamo Dam, that was inaugurated by President Jokowi in early 2018, which capacity is only 14 million cubic meters.
Nine dams are targeted to be completed by 2018. Aside from Passeloreng Dam, there are also Rotiklod Dam in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Tanju, Mila and Bintang Bano Dams in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Gondang and Logung Dams in Central Java, Sei Gong Dam in Batam, and Sindang Heula Dam in Banten.
Prior to the inspection, President Jokowi observed the implementation of cash-for-work program of Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing in Mappadaelo Sub-district, Tanasitolo District, Wajo Regency.
President Jokowi and First Lady Ibu Iriana were scheduled to take Super Puma helicopter to reach Sultan Hasanuddin Air Force Base, Maros Regency after lunchtime. Then, they continued their trip by using the Indonesia-1 Presidential Plane to Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base, Jakarta and expected to arrive in the evening. (BPMI/EN) (GWH/MMB/Naster)