A number of mega projects was built to realize the town of Tanjung Balai Karimun, which developed and compete with Singapore, the island country that relies on trade and services sector in economic development community.
There are several mega projects that are being built to realize Karimun as a metropolitan city, the city that gave priority to maritime services sector, marine and tourism in generating income for the area.
For example, "Boom Panjang" port project which was completed shortly and will be operated, port loading and unloading "Malarko" in Pongkar Village which is expected to accommodate the overflow of merchant ships from Singapore.
Then, the biggest project is coastal area project or coastal road built along the coast east of Tanjung Balai Karimun.
Karimun regency governments build roads to stockpiling of land as wide beach with more than 50 meters to the sea. The first stage, the coastal road that is being built has a length of about 5 kilometers, the future will be followed by a second phase to Sei Bati airport in Tebing District and circled the island of Karimun Besar.
In addition to road construction, in coastal area project or the coastal road was also built a community center, such as arts, tourism, economy, trade, industrial and residential center of modern fishermen and hotels or resorts area on the water.
Karimun regency government budgeted funds of Rp172, 9 billion with multiyears system since 2008 to 2011.
Currently coastal project area is still done by the contractor PT Arta Niaga Nusantara and consultant supervisor Epadascon Permata.
Karimun Parliament during a visit to the project last week expect the project was completed on time, ie in December 2011.
Contractors will be liable to a fine if the project is not space on the schedule set forth in the contract of employment.
In 2011, the government expects Karimun regency coastal area and infrastructure has been built can be used for the public.
Coastal area is one project to realize the dream of Karimun to a metropolitan city.
Metropolitan city that rely on the services sector, maritime, industrial, trade and fisheries as a source of local revenue.(kepri online daily/kabar kepri)