"We will try to find funds that are not bound by the existing rules," said Pariaman Mayor Genius Umar at Pariaman, on Monday.
He said that despite the construction of a floating mosque that began since last year, the funds were budgeted annually through the regional budget, but to accelerate the settlement needed assistance from many parties.
With the rapid completion of the construction of the mosque, the worship facilities which also functioned as religious tourism can be quickly felt.
"But we are currently focusing first on revitalizing the Pasar Pariaman, if market problems are resolved, we will seek funding for floating mosques," he said.
At the moment, he continued, the revitalization of Pasar Pariaman has entered the construction auction period and is scheduled to lay the first stone will be carried out in August 2019.
He said that at least until this year the funds disbursed from the Regional Budget for the construction of floating mosques reached IDR 36 billion with details of IDR 21 billion 2018 and IDR 15 billion 2019.
It is planned that the installation of 300 piles of floating mosques will be completed in 2020, which until March this year the pillars of the mosque have been installed with 148 poles.
Previously, the Pariaman City Government estimated that the budget needed for the construction of floating mosques reached IDR 135 billion.
"Because the budget is quite large, the construction is carried out in stages, reaching four to five years," said Mayor of Pariaman in the 2013-2018 period Mukhlis Rahman after laying the first stone of a floating mosque at Pariaman on Monday July 2.
After erecting the pole for the construction of a floating mosque in Pauah Village, he explained it would try to find donors or third parties.
"I think the central government will not want to help the cost of building a floating mosque because it belongs to the region, but it is trying to find a third party," he said.
He hopes that the local Assembly regional is willing to approve a budget of around Rp30 billion annually. (*)
Editor: Mutiara Ramadhani
Translated by: Internship Student of ANTARA 2019