Head of BTN Komodo, Lukita Awang Nistyantara said
Head of BTN Komodo, Lukita Awang Nistyantara said there was no “Jurassic Park” development project on Rinca Island, Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, NTT.
“There is no construction of a“ Jurassic Park ”on Rinca Island. If there is development, let alone the community, I am the first to oppose it, “said Lukita Awang Nistyantara in Labuan Bajo, Monday.
He said this was related to the many oblique reports about development activities in Loh Buaya, Rinca Island after a photo of a Komodo dragon blocking a viral truck on social media.
Tourism Sarpras Arrangement
According to him, the construction activity currently being carried out by the PUPR Ministry in Loh Buaya is the arrangement of natural tourism facilities and infrastructure on the island.
The activity of structuring the facilities and infrastructure (Sarpras) of natural tourism is only in the Loh Buaya valley. By utilizing an area of 1.3 hectares from the area of Rinca Island covering 20 thousand hectares.
The area used for the construction of Sarpras is also an area that has been used as a development area for various facilities belonging to the Komodo National Park.
“So the old building that was demolished was then built a safer facility, both for tourists and officers on the island. So it is not true, as if Rinca Island will be totally transformed, so it disturbs the Komodo dragon, “he said.
Not even a single tree was felled in the process of building natural tourism facilities and infrastructure in Loh Buaya, Rinca Island.
According to him, TNK’s building facilities in the area have so far disturbed the giant Komodo lizard. Due to direct contact with officers and tourists.
“But with the natural tourism infrastructure built in an integrated manner, it will not directly disturb Komodo. Because the giant monitor lizard has no direct contact with officers or tourists, ”he said.
In addition, officers on site will also be much safer from attacks by Komodo dragons. As experienced by officers so far, he added.
The 500 hectare Loh Buaya Valley is currently inhabited by 66 individual Komodo dragons which are often found in the area around the Sarpras development of around 16 individuals.