Government Continues Building Water-Supply Infrastructure at IKN Nusantara
The government continues to accelerate the transfer of the State Capital or IKN Nusantara from Jakarta to Penajam Paser Utara, East Kalimantan. The relocation of the capital city is showed by various basic infrastructures that are being accelerated.
Citing the presidential.go.id page, Thursday (23/6/2022), one of the basic infrastructure of IKN being built is the Sepaku Semoi Dam with a capacity of 10 million cubic meters. The construction of the Sepaku Semoi Dam aimed to support the need for raw water of 2.500 liters per second. As for the 2.000 liters per second of raw water to support IKN and the remaining 500 liters per second for the City of Balikpapan.
"The construction of this dam shows that the construction of basic infrastructure for IKN has started. In July, the construction of the main road from the Balikpapan Toll Road will also begin," said President Joko Widodo.
The dam, which is targeted for completion in early 2023, is also projected to reduce flooding by 55,26%. The second IKN basic infrastructure that is also being built is the Sepaku Dam Intake, with progress reaching only 13%. This infrastructure provides raw water benefits of 3.000 liters per second and is targeted for completion in December 2022.
While the third basic infrastructure is the Mentawir Nursery which is able to supply seeds for land rehabilitation and environmental restoration in the IKN area. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) has provided 120 hectares of land for the construction of the Mentawir Nursery. Later, the main facility for a 32,5 hectare nursery will be built in this area to produce approximately 15 million seedlings per year. Not only that, to support the water needs of the Mentawir Nursery, the construction of the Mentawir Embung has also begun. Mentawir Embung has an inundated area of 6,3 hectares with a capacity of 160.000 cubic meters and can be used to support the water distribution approximately 60 liters of water per second.