The Pandanduri Dam project in Sakra district, East Lombok, is aimed at overcoming the recurring drought in Lombok, especially in the south.
A survey on the dam’s potential was conducted in 1978, followed by a technical study and an environmental impact analysis in 2009.
The Pandanduri dam will span around 430 hectares and cost an estimated Rp 800 billion (US$92.8 million).
The dam will accommodate around 25.7 million cubic meters of water and be able to irrigate 10,350 hectares of farmland
The project would be completed by the next five years.
Areas in southern Lombok Island were classified as arid and prone to water shortages due to low rainfall and a lack of water sources.
The NTB Public Works Office has recorded around 50,000 hectares of farmland in the southern parts of East, West and Central Lombok that are prone to water crises.
However, drought affecting around 30,000 hectares of farmland in West Lombok could be overcome by the presence of the Batujai and Vengga dams in Central Lombok. The remaining 20,000 hectares of farmland are in Central and East Lombok. The water needs for farmland in Central Lombok would be met by the Mujur dam after the completion of the Pandanduri dam.
The Pandanduri Dam would have various functions besides irrigation and clean water supply. It would also spur growth in the tourism sector, especially in southern Lombok.