"Work has begun with an allocation of Rp2.5 billion in funds," said Tanah Datar's Head of Division of Tourism, Efrison in Batusangkar, on Tuesday.
He said the Istano Basa Pagaruyung attraction is a leading tourist destination visited by many foreign and local tourists, so the quality of services and buildings needs to be improved.
For the construction of souvenirs, culinary stalls and guardrails of tourist attractions, the local government has prepared funds from the Regional Budget (APBD) and the Special Allocation Fund (DAK).
Each part is done by CV Heru Cipta who built a souvenir shop with a contract value of Rp947 million, CV Duta Cipta Persada built a culinary kiosk with a contract value of Rp1,040 billion, and CV Dwi Putra who worked on a guardrail with a contract value of Rp.899 million.
He said the souvenir building will be filled by local crafts for visitors to buy as a memento. Like miniature Rumah Gadang, miniature Pacu Jawi, and others that are identical with Tanah Datar.
"As for the culinary kiosk, it will provide food and beverages typical of Tanah Datar and accommodate MSME products from the community," he said.
The building is expected to be able to boost the community's economy as visits increase.
He said there were still two works in the auction process, namely the ring road and parking with a budget of around Rp2.04 billion and the entrance gate to the Istana Pagaruyung with a budget of Rp243 million.
"The two projects are still in the auction stage, but strived as soon as possible. With the current gate conditions, it is very dangerous for visitors to cross the street, "he said. (*)
Baca juga: Kios kuliner dan cendramata khas Tanah Datar akan hadir di kawasan Istano Pagaruyung
Editor: Mutiara Ramadhani
Translated by: Internship Student of ANTARA 2019