President Jokowi Sets Target to Have Karian Reservoir Completed by 2019
President Joko Jokowi Widodo started his working visit to Banten Province to review at firsthand the development progress of Karian Reservoir in Rangkasbitung Subdistrict, Lebak Regency, Banten, on Wednesday (4/10) afternoon.
President Jokowi explained that the development of Karian Reservoir, which is the third largest reservoir in Indonesia, has been planned since the 80s and included in the national strategic project. However, the plan was executed just in the last three years. “Karian Reservoir has been planned since the 80s. Then, the construction has been started since three years ago. This reservoir is the third largest reservoir after Jatiluhur and Jatigede,” the President explained.
The President has set a target to have this reservoir completed by 2019. The target set after the President reviewed the development progress on the ground that meets expectations. “It is planned to be completed by 2020. But after seeing the progress on the ground and the work can be accelerated, in shaa Allah, it will be finished in mid 2019,” the President said.
The Karian Reservoir, built using the State Budget funds, has a capacity of 314.7 million cubic meters. The reservoir is expected to irrigate 22,000 hectares of land, provide raw water supply for some areas of about 9.1 cubic meters per second, flood control with a capacity of 60.8 million cubic meters, and generate electricity of 1.8 MW.
“It is dammed from the Ciujung River and Ciherang River. We hope that this reservoir can irrigate approximately 22,000 hectares of land in Banten Province and become raw water for the Provinces of Banten and Jakarta. It also becomes a hydro power plant,” the President explained.
For the record, in Banten itself, the Government is building two reservoirs. In addition to Karian Reservoir, Sindang Heula reservoir is also built in Serang City which is also included in the national strategic project.
To date, the President explained, overall the Government has built 33 reservoirs of 49 reservoirs planned. “Next year 11 more reservoirs will be built,” the President concluded.
Accompanying President Jokowi on the occasion were Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono and Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki (SM/JAY/ES) (MUR/YM/Naster).