JAKARTA - The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) is completing the Tukad (river) flood control infrastructure in the province of Bali. The river structuring and normalization program will provide benefits in reducing the risk of flood disasters in Badung Regency and Denpasar City, including the areas of Kuta, Seminyak and Legian which are central to international tourism activities.

Tukad Mati is a river that has no springs center which has the main function as an urban drainage area. Tukad Mati divides part of Denpasar City and Badung Regency with an area of ​​39.43 km2 of Watershed and the main river length is 22.49 km.

The construction of the Tukad Mati flood control infrastructure carried out by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing through the Bali Penida River Regional Office of the Directorate General of Water Resources (SDA) is divided into two segments, namely Lower and Middle Tukad Mati. The project implementation is carried out in stages through multi-year contracts which are targeted for completion in 2019.

The total cost of constructing the Tukad Mati Hilir flood controllers is Rp 183.8 billion with the implementation period of 2017 - 2019. Currently the development progress has reached 92%. Its construction will contribute to reducing the flood discharge by 35 hectares. The Tukad Mati Tengah arrangement is carried out as long as 4.5 Km with a width of 20 meters from Jalan Gatot Subroto, Mount Soputan, Sunset Road, including passing Legian and Kuta.

In addition to the construction of river and embankment retaining walls, this segment is also working on the installation of two water pumps measuring 1,500 cubic meters per second. Currently the work progress reaches 77.4% at a cost of Rp. 132.2 billion. Completion of the development of the Tukad Mati Tengah segment will reduce the risk of flooding by 59 hectares. (LM)