Government To Build Integrated Cross Country Post (PLBN) In Serasan Natuna Riau Islands With The Concept Of The Sea

4:26:00 pm

 The government will build an Integrated State Border Post (PLBN) in Serasan, Natuna  Riau Islands Province  with the concept of the sea. This will be the first integrated border post built in the waters. 

Dress up the Indonesian Terrace at Natuna

Serasan Island which will be used as the National Crossing Post in Natuna, Riau Islands. Photo: LINTAS KEPRI

Indonesia is one of the largest archipelagic countries in the world with a land area of ​​1,913,578 square kilometers (km2) and oceans reaching 3,273,810 km2. In it there are 17,508 large and small islands, some of which intersect with other countries' borders. The intersection of the borders of this country often makes residents on the borders of the two countries have socio-cultural ties and the presence of traditional economic activities. 

However, it is not uncommon for this border area to be used by certain individuals to serve as a route for smuggling rats. Various items of high economic value, ranging from clothing, electronic products, food and beverages, to narcotics, often pass through this border area.

Indonesia as the owner of the border region's sovereignty does not neglect and does not tolerate any illegal trade and illegal crossing of citizens from other countries. Routine patrols are also carried out by TNI soldiers who guard the border. Likewise, the presence of state border posts that have been built since decades ago. 

The Entikong border post in Sanggau Regency, West Kalimantan, was the first official front porch that Indonesia had when it opened on October 1, 1989. As Indonesia's front porch, the border post with its simple appearance and makeshift building style did not reflect Indonesia as a large country. 

For this reason, President Joko Widodo also issued Presidential Instruction number 6 of 2015 concerning the Acceleration of the Development of 7 Integrated National Border Posts (PLBN) and Supporting Facilities. The President also hopes that the issuance of the presidential instruction, which will be continued with the development of the Integrated PLBN, will be able to stimulate the economy of the surrounding community as well as for the two countries. A budget of IDR 1.5 trillion was prepared to make the faces of Indonesia's front terraces even more beautiful and more magnificent. 

The seven PLBNs located on the islands of Kalimantan, Papua and Nusa Tenggara have changed their faces in no more than three years since the issuance of the presidential instruction. Now, PLBN Entikong, Badau, Aruk in West Kalimantan, then Motaain, Motamassin, Wini (East Nusa Tenggara), and Skouw (Papua) have completely changed. The border posts stand very majestically and have carried out their function as a front porch that is proud not only for the surrounding community but also for the Indonesian nation. Smooth paved roads were also built as the main access to the Integrated PLBN. 

Not only being proud of the grandeur of the building, the presence of the Integrated PLBN has reflected Indonesia as a great nation. Another important thing is the function of defense and security as well as the center of new economic growth in Indonesia's border areas.

Reflecting on the success of the existence of the Integrated PLBN, the government is resuming the construction of 11 PLBNs as Indonesia's frontline. The President also issued Presidential Instruction number 1 of 2019 concerning the Acceleration of the Development of 11 Integrated PLBNs and Supporting Facilities in Border Areas.

According to the Minister of Home Affairs as well as the Head of the National Agency for Border Management (BNPP) Tito Karnavian, the 11th PLBN will be built in Serasan, Natuna Regency, Riau Islands Province, then in Jagoi Babang (Bengkayang Regency) and Sei Kelik (Sintang Regency) in West Kalimantan. 

In North Kalimantan, the government will build PLBNs in Long Nawang (Malinau Regency), Long Midang / Krayan and Labang and Sei Nyamuk (Nunukan Regency). In East Nusa Tenggara, there are PLBNs in Oepoli (Kupang Regency) and Napan (North Central Timor Regency). Finally, the PLBN development in Papua, namely in Yetetkun (Boven Digoel Regency) and Sota (Merauke Regency). 


PLBN on Water

Unlike other cross-border posts located on land, the Natuna Integrated PLBN building in Serasan District will stand above sea level. This will be the first Indonesian PLBN built in the waters. PLBN Serasan is approximately 536.61 km from Sri Bintan Pura Port, Tanjung Pinang City.

Construction of the Serasan Integrated PLBN began to be carried out by the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) through the Riau Islands Province Regional Settlement Infrastructure Center (BPPW), Directorate General of Human Settlements since November 5, 2020 and is targeted for completion on February 27, 2022. BUMN Karya Company PT Adhi Karya Tbk and PT Ciriajasa Cipta Mandiri has also been appointed as a contractor with a construction contract value of Rp. 133.1 billion sourced from the 2020-2021 State Budget. 

Apart from the standard PLBN Integrated facilities, the Serasan border post will also be equipped with a dock and port office. All of that is to support the supervision of sea transportation traffic entering Serasan. Currently, preparatory work is being carried out and mobilization of tools and materials including piles, sand, split stone  , cast iron and batching plant tools 

According to the Minister of PUPR Basuki Hadimuljono, the existence of the PLBN Terpadu Serasan has strategic value as the front porch of Indonesia because it is directly adjacent to Vietnam and Cambodia to the north, Singapore and Malaysia to the west and east. The number of border crossers entering through Serasan is recorded at 30 people every week. 

"The construction of PLBN is not only an entry gate, but an embryo of a regional economic growth center that can improve the welfare of border communities as Indonesia's front porch," said Minister Basuki.

Citing the statement of the Head of BPPW Kepri Albert Reinaldo, PLBN Serasan land is in the domestic port area owned by the Ministry of Communications with an area of ​​10,870 square meters (m2). The land was used as a Serasan Port under the supervision of the Tarempa Class II Port Maintenance Unit Office.

Meanwhile, Regent Natuna Abdul Hamid Rizal hopes that the presence of PLBN Serasan can support the economic growth of the people of Natuna Regency. Moreover, Serasan is the closest point to Sematan in East Malaysia which can be reached by sea journey for six hours. This is quoted from the statement of the regent as reported from the official website of the Government of Natuna Regency at  when witnessing the signing of the construction contract for PLBN Serasan, 5 November 2020. 

Hopefully the presence of PLBN Serasan will also increase the number of foreign tourists visiting Sisi Beach which was named one of the cleanest beaches in the world in 2006 by the well-known tourism media,  Islands  Magazine .


Author: Anton Setiawan 
Editor: Eri Sutrisno / Elvira Inda Sari 
Language Editor: Ratna Nuraini