National Border Management Agency Assures the Development of Sota State Border Crossing (PLBN) in Merauke this Year

JAKARTA – The Head of the National Border Management Agency (BNPP) Tjahjo Kumolo said that the State Border Crossing (PLBN) in Sota, Merauke Regency, Papua, will be build this year.

The Sota PLBN development plan is a continuation of the development of 7 PLBN which has been built in the period 2015-2017. “For the Sota PLBN, Merauke regency, Papua Province, we have prepared the construction funds for the fiscal year 2018,” said Tjahjo at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Jakarta, Tuesday (2/1).

The development of the Sota PLBN this year is due to increase human traffic and goods that are considered quite active in the (Indonesia-PNG) border area. Not only the Sota PLBN but as many as 8 other PLBN are to be developed in 2019.  For the fiscal year 2018, BNPP is preparing the funds for the master plan development of the 8 PLBN.

The 8 PLBN which are planned to be built in 2019 namely Pulau Rupat PLBN, Bengkalis regency, Riau Province, Pulau Serasan PLBN, Natuna regency, Riau Province, Jogoi Babang PLBN, Bengkayang regency, West Kalimantan Province, Jasa PLBN, Sintang regency, West Kalimantan Province, Sie Nyamuk PLBN, Nunukan regency, North Kalimantan Province, Napan PLBN, Timor Tengah Utara, NTT Province, Maritaing PLBN, Alor regency, NTT Province and Oepoli PLBN, Kupang regency, NTT Province.

The seven PLBN that have been built in a number of border areas are Entikong PLBN, Badau PLBN, and Aruk (West Kalimantan)PLBN, Motaain PLBN, Motamasin PLNP, Wini (East Nusa Tenggara) PLBN and Skouw (Papua Province)PLBN. A total of five PLBN has been inaugurated by President Joko Widodo and two that have not yet been inaugurated which are Motamasin and Wini.

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