Govt prioritizes sanitation development in 10 tourist destinations

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government is giving priority to improve sanitation and drinking water facilities in 10 tourist destinations, currently being considered on priority for development.

According to the plan, the sanitation and drinking water facilities will be developed in those tourist destinations there good infrastructure facilities are required.

These destinations include Labuan Bajo, Lake Toba, Borobudur Temple and Mount Bromo, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said here on Saturday.

"The president has instructed us to develop sanitation facilities in Laboan Bajo of a standard as good as that of similar facilities at four star hotels, to enhance tourism and improve visitors experience," he said.

Basuki said the project will take off this year.

He refused to divulge the amount of funds needed to finance the project, saying it will not be too large.

"These facilities will be developed this year at 10 locations. The budget will not be huge. The program to develop sanitation and drinking water facilities has been put in place," he said.

The development of the sanitation and drinking water facilities will be taken care of by the Public Works and Housing Ministry and will not involve any private or foreign parties, he said.

"The government will procure whatever is required for the sanitation and drinking water facilities entirely on its own, without involving private and foreign parties. To develop the drinking water facilities, we will involve local government-owned drinking water companies," he said.(*)