10 Februari 2011
Krakatau Steel Assisted Suspension Bridge Construction

Suspension bridge
Connector the life of Guruh Village


The river swift of Serayu has limited the interaction of two remote villages in Banjarnegara. The presence of Suspension Bridge assisted by PT Krakatau Steel has made the lives of both villages and gave the pulse pounding especially to connect the linkage in each of young fellow.

Located at the elevation of 140 meters from the sea Guruh Village, Sawangan, Punggelan, Banjarnegara is very limited on its infrastructure facilities. There was no junior high school level above. The land contour is up and down and also dry, only giving the crops material in returns for its citizens. The population is dominated by middle-aged people, because the youth rather to choose to migrate to earn a more attractive living. Differ from Lengkong Village in Rakit, across Paderungan River, Serayu River. The wet quality of soil, make it can be processed into rice fields and with 40-60% humidity and rainfall of 2.212 mm/year is very suitable for planting jasmine flowers. There is a market and so many schools, such as MTs and senior high school. For the citizens of Guruh Village, many activities to Lengkong village have a high safety risk. Crossing the river with its swift and large volume of water in times of rain forced them to be extra careful. No doubt the children also have to carry spare clothes if you want to go to school or take a turn way which took more than 3 hours.

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However, all the worries were gone already when a Switzerland volunteer, Toni Rutimman choose Guruh Village as an area of suspension bridge to be build which can answer the expectations of all citizens, at the end of December last year. "This program was initiated by Toni and facilitated by Dr. Imam Prasodjo, a sociologist from the University of Indonesia. Toni has experience in building hundreds suspension bridge in several Asian countries," according to Eko Prasetyo Anwar, a local volunteer who received the mandate to be the coordinator of suspension bridge construction in Banjarnegara. "There are some things that are required for the area to be build of this suspension bridge. Among others the area must have no bridge facility. People who will connected by the bridge at least must have 100 families and the more important local communities must be willing to work together at the time of its construction because there is no budgetary cost for labor or we called it communities empowerment", added Eko excited. "For now the new suspension bridge which already built was 3 units: one in the Sawangan Village, Punggelan with a length of 61 meters, two bridges in the Jala Tunda Village and Banaran Village. Both are in the Mandiraja District with a length of 45 meters. "

Similar statement delivered by Amin, Head of Guruh Village. "Many residents and communities of Punggelan who have family in the Rakit District and vice versa also have family in Punggelan. So with this built of suspension bridge all the people in both village are very delighted and happy because it could save our time in farming activities, going to school and family gathering who usually travelled about 3 hours now not more than 10 minutes we had reached to other village and certainly reduce the risk of swept away while crossing the river. Amin in his statement said that the bridge construction was built in just 5 days with pure community empowerment. "Over 500 residents of both villages assembled pulling together, digging foundations and connecting all each parts of the bridge. The most remarkable is the cement mixer engine moulen which stretchered by all of people crossing the river. In construction process this (suspension bridge) was directly supervised by Mr Toni Ruttimman.

On a separated occasion, Chairman of the Suspension Bridge Construction Team from PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk Kamarul Hajar said, "The development of this suspension bridge have seven elements that participated, there are: PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk providing checker plate as the bridge floor, PT SPIJ providing pipeline used for the pole, PT Holcim providing cement for the foundation, PT Bina Marga assisted fabrication located in Cikampek, Suspension Bridge Company Association in Switzerland providing wire / sling, NGO (Non-Government Organization) from Switzerland providing donations and the local community providing sand, stone, and human power". Now PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk also exploring the construction of suspension bridge in Bayah Village, Banten and planning to build another 10 bridges. "

River and bridge are like two sides of the coin. Both are complement and can not be separated. River as the pulse of life constantly flows the water of life for surrounding communities as well as the bridge which connecting the pulse of life for the two regions separated by the river. The existence of them is a natural equilibrium which can keep the harmony, with the continuation of surveillance, maintenance and treatment on them. The blessing, the bridge was not merely to connect the pulse of economic life of both citizens in two regions, but also able to unite the two senses even the love of their youth. Not only crowded in the morning and afternoon for many activities, but also a place for young people to mingle in the afternoon.

Banjarnegara, February, 10th   2011

 

 

"Additional Information of Suspension Bridge Construction"

1. Location : Jala Tunda across the Wlahar River
a. Village    : Jala Tunda
b. Sub. District   : Mandiraja
c. District    : Banjarnegara
d. Length    : 45 M
e. Width    : 180 Cm
f.  Passing Vehicles  : Motorcycles
g. System Connection : Sling / Wire and Bolts

2. Location : Banaran across the Sapi River
a. Village    : Kebanaran
b. Sub. District   : Mandiraja
c. District    : Banjarnegara
d. Length    : 40 M
e. Width    : 180 Cm
f.  Passing Vehicles  : Motorcycles
g. System Connection : Slings / Wire and Bolts

3. Location : Sawangan across the Kekacangan River
a. Village    : Sawangan
b. Sub. District   : Punggelan
c. District    : Banjarnegara
d. Length    : 60 M
e. Width    : 180 Cm
f.  Passing Vehicles  : 3 wheel motorcycle
g. System Connection : Sling / Wire and Bolts

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