Jayapura , 2/5 ( Jubi ) – The central government’s delays in issuing a permit to construct roads in the conservation area of Mamberamo Foja shows it is not serious in developing Papua, Mambrena Raya regent Kyeuw kyeuw said.
“I think the central government is not serious in build Papua. Why are timber companies given permission to cut down trees and but local government isn’t given a permit (to build roads)? ” Kyeuw Kyeuw told tabloidjubi.com in Jayapura on Friday (2/5).
The government plans to build a road linking Burmeso and Sikari and the project will pass through the protected forest. Therefore, Mamberamo Raya regent personally met the Minister of Forestry to ask for permission, but there has been no response so far.
Mamberamo river which is used as a major transportation route by people who live in the upstream Mamberamo is not safe and has claim victims as passing through rapids of Marinavalen and Edivalen.
“So, we thought it is necessary and very urgent to build a road that people in the upper reaches of the river Mamberamo can use to get Mamberamo downstream, without passing through the rapids ” he explained .
Meanwhile, Asher Rumboirusi, a researcher from the Environmental Foundation of Papua said that it needs further discussions with the Ministry of Forestry that both parties understand and execute the joint commitment. (Jubi / Albert / Tina)