MPR Vice-President calls for halting construction of Wadas Dam
Purwokerto, Central Java (ANTARA) — People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Vice Chairman Zulkifli Hasan commended Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo for his visit to Wadas, Purworejo to resolve a conflict related to a dam construction plan while urging a halt to surveying for dam development.
“I certainly commend Governor Ganjar who initiated an immediate visit to the site to reassure his people,” Hasan noted here on Thursday.
However, he called for land surveying activities to be halted at the site where the Bener Dam is to be built in Wadas.
Hasan also called for the release of all detained Wadas villagers.
MPR urged dialogue or mediation to address the issue in Wadas, Hasan noted.
“Certainly it (a dialogue) is a must. Stop the measurement activities, release everyone and we support Mr. Ganjar who took the initiative for a dialogue,” noted Hasan, leader of the National Mandate Party (PAN). .
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“Right now, the most important thing is safety, peace and security. It’s number one,” he said.
Hundreds of police and military personnel were dispatched to Wadas on Tuesday (February 8) to guard land survey and procurement activities in an area encompassing an andesite rock mining area where the Bener Dam is located in Wadas Village, Bener Subdistrict, Purworejo , to be established district, Central Java province.
However, several villagers protested the construction of the dam, fearing that they would lose the andesite rock mining area where many of them make their living.
The villagers of Wadas have resisted acquiring the mining area in recent years, leading to a conflict between them and police personnel.
At least 60 Wadas villagers were arrested on Tuesday, but police said they had not been arrested and would be released soon.
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