JAKARTA - The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) continues to accelerate the construction of the Ameroro Dam to strengthen the supply of raw water and irrigation in Konawe Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province. As a buffer zone for Kendari City as the capital of Southeast Sulawesi, Konawe Regency is expected to continue to develop, one of which is through the development of the nickel industry and the agriculture, fishery, and livestock sectors that require raw water sourced from dams.

PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the construction of the dam is aimed at increasing the volume of water storage so that irrigation water supply to agricultural land is maintained, raw water supply and flood control are maintained.

In addition to the Ameroro Dam, there are 2 other dams being built in Southeast Sulawesi, namely, the Ladongi Dam in East Kolaka Regency which was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo in December 2021 and the Pelosika Dam which is still under preparation. The Ladongi Dam has a capacity of 45.9 million m3 and an inundation area of ​​222 hectares to reduce flooding by 132.24 m3/second.

The Ameroro Dam began construction in 2020 with a state budget cost of IDR 1.6 trillion. The construction of the Ameroro Dam was carried out in 2 work packages, namely Package I by contractors PT Wijaya Karya-PT Sumber Cahaya Agung-PT Basuki Rahmanta Putra (KSO) and Package II PT Hutama Karya-PT Adhi Karya (KSO). Based on e-Monitoring data from the Ministry of PUPR with the status as of July 31, 2022, the construction progress has reached 49.18% with a target completion of 2023. (LM)