North Bengkulu, ABIM(22/7/2023) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accompanied by Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono inspects the Purwodadi Market in North Bengkulu Regency, Bengkulu Province, Friday (7/21).
President Jokowi confirmed that the rebuilding of the Purwodadi Market would begin in August 2023. The PUPR Ministry will immediately rebuild the market in accordance with President Jokowi’s directives after it was destroyed by fire on April 5, 2021.
“The auction process will begin as soon as possible, no later than the end of August 2023.” “Completion is expected early next year in 2024,” President Jokowi added.
PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono assured that construction will begin in August 2023 for a capacity of about 1,004 kiosks during a nine-month period. “There is a total budget of IDR 110 billion,” he stated.
Minister Basuki said, repairing traditional markets aims to improve the economy and people’s welfare in various regions. “The PUPR Ministry is not only building large infrastructure such as toll roads and dams, but also community infrastructure such as markets and schools,” he said.
According to PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, the market was rebuilt by expanding its function as a means of people’s trade so that it becomes a building that is safe, comfortable, clean, organized, and more aesthetically pleasing (not slum).
The rehabilitation of this market was carried out by the Bengkulu Regional Settlement Infrastructure Center (BPPW), Directorate General of Cipta Karya. The rehabilitation of the North Bengkulu Purwodadi Market was carried out on an area of about 2.2 hectares consisting of three blocks A, B, C, each with two floors.
Block A will serve as a wet and non-food market area, Block B will serve as a dry and non-food market area, and Block C will serve as a ready-to-eat food area. The North Bengkulu Purwodadi Market building will have automobile and motorcycle parking, as well as a plaza.
The market renovation by the PUPR Ministry is mandated by Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 43 of 2019 concerning Development, Rehabilitation or Renovation of People’s Markets, Higher Education Infrastructure, Islamic Religious Colleges, and Elementary and Secondary Education Units. This rehabilitation is expected to expedite buying and selling transactions, increasing the convenience of traders and buyers and improving the community’s economy.
Expert Staff of the Minister of PUPR for Technology, Industry, and Environment of the Ministry of PUPR Endra S. Atmawidjaja and Head of BPPW Bengkulu Dendy Kurniadi were also present at the review.(ABIM)