"I have sent the invitation to the president to officiate the groundbreaking of the bridge construction project," the governor remarked here on Tuesday (15/5).
The construction of the 800-meter bridge will coincide with the construction of the Ocean Current Power Plant (PLTAL) in the Gonsalu Strait in the local area.
Governor Raya said the process of feasibility study and the detail engineering design of the bridge to connect Paloh Beach in Larantuka town and Tanah Merah on Adonara Island has been completed.
In addition, President Jokowi has also been invited to officiate the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a national observatory facility of the National Aviation Aeronautics Agency (LAPAN) in June 2018.
The national observatory facility, worth Rp500 billion, will be built in the mountains of Timau in Kupang District, East Nusa Tenggara Province.
"The groundbreaking for the construction of the national observatory was planned to take place on May 5, 2018, but it was postponed, as the local government was keen that President Jokowi should officiate the ceremony," Kupang District Head Ayub Titu Eki remarked in Oelamasi recently.
Baca juga: Palmerah bridge projects awaiting minister`s approval According to Eki, LAPAN has discussed the matter relating to the construction of the observatory facility with the Kupang district government.
"We have invited President Joko Widodo to officiate the groundbreaking of the national observatory, as we are proud that the state-owned facility will be built in East Nusa Tenggara," Eki stated.
He noted that in addition to the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the observatory, President Jokowi will be requested to harvest the salt produced in Bipolo and symbolically hand over land certificates to the people of Kupang District.
"We will also urge President Joko Widodo to hand over house keys to the Kupang District officials, who do not have houses in Oelamasi, the capital of Kupang Regency," Eki stated.
The Kupang district head added that the local government is working in coordination with the National Road Hall X Kupang to repair the road to Timau Mountains to facilitate the mobilization of equipment and vehicles to the observatory construction site.
The national observatory facility in the Timau Mountains will replace the one in Lembang, West Java, as human settlements have crowded the area.