Jakarta (ANTARA) - Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono highlighted the importance of maintaining quality, aesthetics, and environmental sustainability in the Nusantara Capital City infrastructure development.

The minister noted that to date, the overall physical progress of the capital city construction had reached 14 percent. The operations were carried out in accordance with three main principles: quality, aesthetics, and environmental sustainability.

"The Smart Forest City vision must become our guidance and orientation in work. Please keep in mind, you must cut down trees and strip cliffs to a minimum. Instead, we use existing trees and cliffs for a good, scenic view of the area's landscape," he said in a statement received here on Sunday.

The effort to minimize the interference with the landscape is conducted by putting strict limits on cutting trees —only when it is necessary and in accordance with the initial building plan.

Moreover, they also strive to maintain the shape of landscape, such as its elevation, contour, and position, he said.

The construction management consultant and supervisors would conduct a strict monitoring on these aspects, he said.

Currently, contractors, construction management consultants, and supervisors have worked on 31 packages. Among them are land development, workers' housing area, logistics roads, ponds and drainage, raw water intake, coordinating ministry offices, office complexes, and state palaces.

The minister also asked the authorized parties not to allow the Over Dimension and Overload (ODOL) vehicles to pass by the city's main area of government center.

Government buildings at Nusantara City's central government area comprise the construction of Phase I of the National Axis which include Zone 1 with riparian and visitor center; Zone 2 with ceremonial lawn, plaza, retail building, and toilet; Zone 3 of central promenade, wetland, forest trail; and Zone 4 plus Zone 5 with their shared streets.

"I am serious about ODOL. There have already been rules (about it). We have to set a good example. For trucks carrying materials, do not let them be overloaded," he warned.

Regarding workers' flats, he advised that each unit is occupied by a maximum of eight workers, so that it will have ample room for everyone in it.

He also requested at least two blowers to be installed in each hall of the flats to improve air circulation and regulate the temperature. In total, 22 towers were built to house 14,000 workers.

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Translator: Aji Cakti, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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