Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono voiced support to developing the Borobudur National Tourism Strategic Area (KSPN), Central Java, with three programs, namely road access, improving homestays' quality, and area planning.

"Development of the Borobudur KSPN through the construction of water resources' infrastructure, roads and bridges, settlements, and housing," Hadimuljono remarked in Jakarta on Thursday.

The minister elaborated that the three programs are first, access to toll and non-toll roads, so as to make things easier for tourists, while the second program entails improving the quality of people's houses to become tourist cottages, or homestays, along the Borobudur corridor as well as encouraging business development.

Meanwhile, the third program is through regional planning, he said.

He expressed hope that the infrastructure built at Borobudur would support the preservation of cultural heritage, change the face of the area, and increase the comfort of domestic and foreign tourists.

Arrangement of the Borobudur KSPN was carried out through the Central Java Regional Settlement Infrastructure Center (BPPW), Directorate General of Human Settlements, the Ministry of PUPR.

The scope of activities includes the arrangement of area landmark gates, namely the Palbapang Gate (Lion Gate), Blondo Gate (Kalpataru Gate), Kembanglimus Gate, the arrangement of the Borobudur Temple Concourse and Plaza, as well as the arrangement of the Cultural Axis: Mendut-Pawon-Borobudur.

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Currently, the ministry is continuing the arrangement of the KSPN Borobudur Phase 2 through the arrangement of the Borobudur Art Village and Museum in Kujon, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java. The construction was carried out in 2023 and is targeted for completion in 2024.

"Progress has reached 4.3 percent, with a budget allocation of Rp253.2 billion (around US$15 million). The scope of work includes arranging the Borobudur Art Village and Museum, arranging the Kujon Sports Field (replacement field), and arranging Zone 2—the Borobudur Temple Area," Head of the Central Java Regional Settlement Infrastructure Center (BPPW) Kuswara remarked.

Arrangement of the Borobudur Arts Village in Kujon covers an area of 10.74 hectares, with the scope of activities for developing an art souvenir market, culinary arts, vehicle parking and access points, creative space, arts and crafts training center, arts and culture stage, shuttle service, toilets, prayer rooms, and landscaping.

Meanwhile, arrangement for the KSPN Borobudur Phase I was completed in December 2021, with a budget allocation of Rp119.5 billion (around US$7 million).

In phase I, the Drinking Water Supply System (SPAM) of KSPN Borobudur, with a capacity of 100 liters per second was built, which serves 12 villages in Magelang, Central Java. The SPAM has the benefit of meeting the drinking water needs of the community around the Borobudur area.

"There was also construction of the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle (TPS3R) waste processing sites in 12 villages in Magelang, Central Java, which were carried out by non-governmental groups (KSM) from June to October 2020. The construction of TPS3R was an effort to improve hygiene services and foster waste management in a good and environmentally friendly manner at KSPN Borobudur," Kuswara stated.

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