Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR), through the Directorate General of Housing, has renovated and converted 398 houses in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province into accommodation tourists before the convening of the 2021 World Superbike (WSBK).
PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the tourism sector would be the fastest to recover from the economic decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“To bolster our efforts in reviving tourism, the Ministry of PUPR has renovated the homes of Mandalika residents and converted the homes into accommodation units for tourists. tourists in the region”, noted Minister Hadimuljono. in his written statement received in Jakarta on Wednesday.
According to the minister, the housing renovation program concerns 915 housing units. They include 300 units in the Central District of Lombok and 98 units in the North District of Lombok which are being renovated and converted into tourist accommodation for the WSBK championships, as well as 517 accommodation units along the entry points of the tourist area of Mandalika.
Dudi Mustofa, Section 2 Chief of the Ministry’s West Nusa Tenggara I Housing Provision Unit, noted that the program encouraged residents to be involved in advancing the renovation, from the design of the technical plan to to participate in the progress of the daily construction work.
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The total budget allocated to the program reached 62 billion rupees (about $4.340 million), with 18 billion rupees (about $1.260 million) for worker salaries and 44 billion rupees (about $3.080 million) for the purchase of building materials, he noted.
“The cost of renovation was capped at Rp115 million (approximately US$8,050) for each house. Some houses received the maximum budget amount, while other houses received only Rp90 million (approximately $6,300), commensurate with renovation needs. We also encourage owners to meet other needs on their own,” Mustofa said.
Residents’ houses converted into homestays were built in one room of 12 square meters, each with a high-quality bathroom of international standards, noted the section chief.
“We also renovate the houses with a touch of local culture, so that each house has the characteristics of a traditional house,” he said.
Apart from improving the quality of accommodation in the super priority tourist destination area of Mandalika, the renovated houses would provide alternative accommodation for tourists visiting Mandalika to attend the World Superbike Championship from November 19-21 and the Superbike Championship. MotoGP next year, Mustofa said.
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