Govt promises new stadiums in Aceh, North Sumatra

Govt promises new stadiums in Aceh, North Sumatra

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Medan, North Sumatra (ANTARA) – The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry has assured that it will build a new stadium in North Sumatra to meet the needs of the National Sports Week (PON) in 2024.

“At least in the next two or three months, a stadium construction in North Sumatra, precisely in Sena village, Batang Kuis sub-district, Deli Serdang, can be carried out. In addition to North Sumatra, one stadium will also be built in Aceh,” the ministry’s director of strategic infrastructure Essy Asiah said during a focus group discussion (FGD) on “North Sumatra and Aceh’s Strategy to Improve Sports Achievement and Regional Economic Revival,” which was held here on Friday.

Asiah said that the ministry is waiting for a presidential regulation regarding the stadium construction. However, it has been confirmed that there will be no new presidential regulation, but the Ministry can use Presidential Regulation No. 120/2022 on special assignments in the context of accelerating infrastructure development.

“The matter of the stadium design was also a problem to the construction. However, it was agreed that (the stadium construction) in North Sumatra will use a basic design, while the stadium design for Aceh is still being discussed,” she informed.

Earlier, the chairperson of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) Atal Depari said that the commemoration of the 2023 National Press Day in North Sumatra will also be used as a momentum to encourage the construction of a new stadium in North Sumatra

It is great for the ministry to have set a budget for the stadium construction in North Sumatra and Aceh, he added.

“Through this FGD, it is hoped that inputs from various parties will make the 2024 PON in North Sumatra and Aceh a success,” he said.

Meanwhile, chairperson of the North Sumatra PWI, Farianda Putra Sinik, said that the FGD is expected to speed up the construction of PON facilities and infrastructure, especially stadiums.

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