TAMI RIVER ON IRIAN JAYA-PNG BORDER MAY BE DREDGED

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (December 31, 1999 - Indonesian Observer/ Antara/ Kabar Irian)---The Public Works Ministry is conducting a feasibility study on the possible dredging of the Tami River, which links northern Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea (PNG), as the tributary is prone to overflowing, says an official.

Head of irrigation at the Irian Jaya Public Works Department, Warsito, says that when the Tami overflows during the rainy season, important border roads between the two countries are rendered impassable.

The Tami separates Skouw village, Jayapura (Indonesia), from Wutung village (PNG), and often hinders border crossers, Antara reported yesterday.

Warsito says the best way to solve the problem would be to dredge the river at points where it tends to overflow.

KABAR IRIAN ("Irian News") Website: http://www.irja.org/ 

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