MAJALENGKA, (JAWAPOS), – Kertajati Village, Majalengka Regency, West Java selected by the government to be one of the national strategic project (PSN) of International Airport Development. From the results of the study, the former land of rice fields of 1,800 hectares is considered to be a strategic location as the center of international air traffic.
Head of General and Public Relations of Project Management Unit of PT BIJB Rizkita Tjahjono Widodo said that the development plan of West Java International Airport (BIJB) in 2013 has done the stages of strategic study.
Demographically, the Kertajati sub-district in Majalengka district is considered to be a meeting point of crossing from various regions of the economic center, such as Jakarta, Bandung, and Karawang. Kertajati, Majalengka also considered strategic with the central government’s plan to develop economic potential in three areas in West Java. First, Cirebon Raya covers Cirebon City, Cirebon Regency, Majalengka, Kuningan, and Indramayu (Ciayumajakuning).
Secondly, Bandung Raya area, covering, Bandung City, Bandung Regency, West Bandung, Cimahi City, and Sumedang Regency. Third, Bodebekkarpur area covers, Bogor City, Bogor District, Depok City, Bekasi City, Bekasi Regency, Karawang Regency, Purwakarta Regency.
Kertajati International Airport is considered to be very strategic to boost the economy of the mobility of incoming and outgoing people from various regions in Indonesia, as well as abroad.
Kertajati International Airport is also considered to be a liaison transportation of logistics from two ports, namely Muara Jati Port, Cirebon and Port Patimban, Subang. From Port of Cirebon to Kertajati Airport, it is only 59 Km with distance of about 2 hours. While the distance from Port Patimban only takes 1 hour 30 minutes.
“Speaking of transportation, of course talking about goods and people, With the International Airport in Majalengka this will provide convenience for people to visit here.These will have an impact to increase economic growth in the surrounding area,” he said when found JavaPos.com, Sunday (15 / 4).
Geographically, the land used for the construction of BIJB Kertajati is a former rice field. Agricultural land in Sukamulya Village, Kertajati District is classified as rainfed. Agricultural land is not suitable for planting rice during the dry season, so atidak productive produce rice in the long term.
“Geographically, the location of Kertajati is very safe and far from the mountain If there are volcano eruptions occasionally, the smoke is quite far away, there is no obstacle or building barrier, the area is not too resistant from earthquakes and floods so it is safe, “he said.
Another factor chosen Majalengka Regency to be the location of the construction of Kertajati International Airport is the reason of regional economic income. Demographically, the Regional Minimum Wage (UMR) of Majalengka Regency is low compared to the surrounding area, especially in Ciayumajakuning area.
Thus, after BIJB Kertajati has been operated in mid-June, with the airport of international class, can give impact of economic development of citizen of Majalengka Regency.
“The reason for the low economy is the consideration of the central government to build airports in the East in West Java, especially in Majalengka,” he explained.