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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs    21 January 2015  

Govt to allocate Rp 700b for housing in border areas

Indonesia: Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the ministry would set aside Rp 700 billion (US$55.5 million) in the revised state budget to build housing in border areas this year.

Basuki said the government would build at least 8,000 units of accommodation this year, including 36-square-meter landed houses and twin blocks in the country’s border areas, including in West
Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara and Papua.

“We realized that facilities in the border areas are not in a proper condition. That is why we need to speed up the development program,” the minister said on Friday after a visit to West Kalimantan.

Basuki said the wide infrastructure gap and economic inequality between Indonesia and Malaysia in the border areas had encouraged illegal trading.

“The development program for West Kalimantan will be focused at the main gates of the border particularly in Entikong and Nanga Badau. We want to close the infrastructure gap with the countries across the border,” he said.

Of the total Rp 700 billion, Basuki said, around Rp 300 billion would be allocated for West Kalimantan.

He said houses would not only be built for residents living in the area but also for Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police personnel.

In total, the ministry will allocate Rp 2.7 trillion this year to improve accessibility and infrastructure quality in border areas, including roads and immigration facilities.

In West Kalimantan, one of the projects is to widen the road that provides access to the Transboundary Post (PLBN) from two lanes to four lanes, with each lane measuring 3.5 meters wide.

Earlier, the minister said the country planned to build around 13 million houses for low-income families nationwide.

To realize that plan, the government aims to build 2 million houses per year, allocating Rp 10 trillion in the revised 2015 state budget to finance the program.

Out of the total 2 million units that would be built, the government would spend the funds on developing only 1 million units.

Commercial property developers, such as Summarecon, would be encouraged to develop the rest, Basuki said.

According to Basuki, the allocated state budget would not only be used to construct the residences but also to fund the housing loan liquidity facility (FLPP) that was introduced in 2012 to help low-income people in acquiring houses. - See more at:

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