"The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is ready to assist the Tanimbar Island District authority in Maluku Province to enhance the residents' quality of life through the provision of housing," Director General of Housing of the ministry Khalawi Abdul Hamid noted in his statement received here, Wednesday.
Hamid earlier engaged in an audience with Tanimbar Islands District Head Petrus Fatlolon at the ministry's office in Jakarta on Tuesday (Sept 14).
He stated that the provision of housing in the outermost islands through the construction of special-purpose houses and flat blocks aimed to improve the quality of life of the residents, especially in Tanimbar Island District, which shares a maritime border with Australia.
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According to the ministry's data, housing development in Tanimbar Islands began in 2015. The ministry has constructed 164 units of special-purpose housing and a flat block as well as offered housing construction benefits for 1,953 houses.
"We also encourage the construction of vertical housing for effective land utilisation. A 44-unit flat block has been constructed in Ki Hajar Dewantoro Road, Saumlaki, to accommodate low-income residents," Hamid remarked.
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During his engagement with the same audience, District Head Fatlolon expressed gratitude for the ministry's housing provision assistance given to his region.
He informed that the recently completed flat block in the district would be first used to accommodate participants of the Maluku Province-level MTQ Qur'an Recitation Competition hosted by the district.
"We are ready to coordinate with the ministry to discuss the future utilisation of the flat block. We also laud the completion of the flat block, as it could be used first for accommodating the MTQ competition's participants during the event," Fatlolon stated.
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