Jakarta, August 2022, PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk. (Stock Code: WSKT): supports the infrastructure of the Economic Zone by continuing to accelerate the progress of the development of the Special Economic Zone Coastal Security (SEZ) located in Tanjung Lesung, Pandeglang Regency, Banten. This project aims to protect beaches, tourism areas, and residential areas in the surrounding area from abrasion during high tides, as well as to preserve the vegetation of the area.
The Tanjung Lesung KEK Beach Safeguard Project, Pandeglang Regency Package 1, started after the 2018 tsunami disaster. The government then rebuilt this area to attract investors to invest in the area.
Last Monday, August 8, 2022, the Director of Operation II, PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk. Bambang Rianto accompanied the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), Basuki Hadimuldjono, and the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menkomarves), Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan during a working visit to the Tanjung Lesung SEZ Coastal Security Project to see firsthand the progress of the project.
The Company's SVP Corporate Secretary, Novianto Ari Nugroho said that the purpose of the project was not only to protect the coastline from the threat of abrasion but also to protect national roads. "This project also supports the rise of economic growth in the tourism area," said Novianto.
This Rp249 billion Coastal Protection Project will take 1080 days to complete. It has a total length of 6.2 km, equipped with a jogging track with a width of 5 meters. This project is targeted for completion by the end of 2023. Currently, the project progress has reached 51.35% of the initial plan as of the end of July 2022, which is 49.53%. In addition, this project also passes through 8 beaches that stretch across the Pandeglang Regency area, namely Batu Hideung Beach, Legon Waru Beach, Cipenyu Beach, and Karang Meungpeuk Beach, Muara Kalica - Bodur Beach, Tanjung Lesung Resort, Lalassa Beach, Sacna Beach.
Since the Banten earthquake in 2018, the tourism sector in Banten, especially Tanjung Lesung, has experienced a drastic decline. According to data from the PHRI (Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association) of Pandeglang Regency before the earthquake, tourism visits reached 70 percent, but after the incident, they had to fight hard to reach 30-50 percent.