Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono deliberated on quality assurance for construction of the new capital city (IKN) Nusantara with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

"According to the directive of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), the two goals in IKN development are quality assurance and aesthetics. We want the process of developing IKN Nusantara to maintain environmental sustainability," Hadimuljono said during his meeting with JICA Chief Representative Takehiro Yasio as noted in a written statement received here Wednesday.

On the occasion, the JICA consultant presented the results of a study on four challenges in ensuring the quality of IKN development. First, the development requires integration based on basic conditions wherein all design and construction must be based on the current topographic and geological conditions. Thereafter, land grading and all infrastructure plans must refer to drainage plans to prevent floods.

Second, development necessitates coordination of underground infrastructure, with one of them being securing the right-of-way (ROW) area, especially for manholes and larger structures, such as sewer lift pumps.

Third, it is necessary to prepare space to ensure the accessibility of future expansion, including land for public transportation services, such as bus stops and road utilities, comprising lights and CCTV. The fourth challenge is the construction quality assurance.

Hadimuljono lauded the results of the study by the JICA consultant team. He noted that for the biggest challenge, the JICA consultants were highly alert in making observations.

"We will depend on the drainage plan to prevent flooding. It is because this is very important for our new capital," he stated.

He also expressed optimism that the JICA consultants would help to realize the development of IKN Nusantara, with focus on good quality.

"We believe that they will help us to ensure the quality of IKN development. Do not hesitate to give us suggestions or corrections to achieve our goals," he affirmed.

Other attendees at the meeting were PUPR Inspector General T. Iskandar, Director General of Water Resources Jarot Widyoko, Director General of Highways Hedy Rahadian, Director General of Human Settlements Diana Kusumastuti, Director General of Housing Iwan Suprijanto, and Head of the IKN Task Force Danis Sumadilaga.

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Translator: Indra Arief P, Resinta S
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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