JAKARTA. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) believed that the landslide caused by coal mining activities in a residential area in Kutai Kartanegara is the responsibility of the Regional Government (Pemda).
Agung Pribadi, Head of the Communication Bureau of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, admitted that mining inspectors came from the central government, in this case, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in East Kalimantan. Nevertheless, he gave up the investigation process to the regional government. "Let the authority of the regional government carry out the investigation," said Pribadi as reported by Bisnis on Wednesday (5/12).
The investigation was conducted on PT Adimitra Baratama Nusantara, a subsidiary of PT Toba Bara Sejahtra Tbk (TOBA), which has a mining business permit (IUP) in Sanga-sanga, Kutai Kartanegara.
Meanwhile, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), said that landslides in residential areas occurred because coal mining activities did not prioritize the safety of the community. "Safe distance from the residential area should be taken into account. Remember, safety first, "said Sutopo. (KR/AR)