Sermo Dam: Cries Followed Its Making, but Now It is Neglected

Waduk Sermo,Sermo Dam,Kulonprogo,Yogyakarta,Wates
By Irfan Nugroho
I first came to Sermo Dam on May 17th, 2009. As first I touched the soil around the dam, a friend of mine said, “Formerly, this area was a people’s settlement before finally they were uprooted fiercely from here to be settled in afar there.”

Yes, to build this dam, 107 families were transmigrated to Bengkulu and Riau provinces, on the island of Sumatra, by the regime of New Order under the power of Indonesia’s second president, Soeharto.

No matter what, some of the native inhabitants remain to stay here, even though the dam cannot promise better economic welfare amidst the dam’s status as “the only lake tourism in Yogyakarta.”

This dam has not been managed well, however. There are no ticket retribution, no food stall, no placard, no information center, and no crowd. So if you like to have a tranquil vacation, this is the place.

Sermo Dam seems like a pristine dam, even though the project to build this dam costed about IDR 22 billion rupiahs. It was first built on March 1st, 1994, by damming the Ngrancah River, and officially opened by the second president of Indonesia, Soeharto, in November 20th, 1996.

The dam lies at a green highland of Menoreh at Hargowilis Village, Kokap Sub-district, Kulonprogo District, Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia. This is about seven kilometers away from Wates City, or about 37 kilometers away from the heart of Yogyakarta. And if you have ever visited Borobudur Temple, so the dam is about 60 kilometers away from it.

In its early years, there were tourism facilities like a floating food stall, shelters, ticket retribution, and fishing equpment rentals. Indeed, the dam was likewise the best spot for fishing, as a friend of mine had once told me that he had ever got a big fish, whose size was almost the same as a 10 year boy, at the dam.

I like to say that the dam was a crowd tourist destination in the past. Now, the dam has turned to a tranquil tourist destination as it was left neglected by the Yogyakarta’s Provincial Government as authority over the management of the dam.

When I visited the dam in May 2009, there was no ticket retribution to enter the destination. And when I had a fishing there, there were only fishes from “red devil” species. There are no big fishes anymore because indeed, the red devil eats another fish. As the population of the red devil grows up higher, this is a threat to another species.

Finally, though the dam is left neglected after cries from the uprooted people followed its making, I’d like to say that I enjoy its tranquility very much. There are only green scenery, turquoise water, the light winding breeze, and awesome panoramic views that meet my photographic sense.

Name:
Waduk Sermo (Sermo Dam)
The making:
March 1st, 1994 – November 20th, 1996
Width:
157 hectare
Water capacity:
25 million cubic water
Location:
Hargowilis Village, Kokap Sub-district, Kulonprogo District, Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia.
Access:
Seventy kilometers east of Borobudur Temple in Magelang District, Central Java
Thirty seven kilometers west of Yogyakarta City
Seven kilometers west of Wates District, Yogyakarta Province

29 komentar:

  1. Though Sermo dam is left neglected after cries from the uprooted people followed its making, I’d like to say that I enjoy its tranquility very much. There are only green scenery, turquoise water, the light winding breeze, and awesome panoramic views that meet my photographic sense.

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  2. Aduh,,,ada ya waduk ini??
    baru denger sekarang... hihihii...

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  3. trims sudah mampir..n berkomne di tempat q...
    sorry...kurang familiar ama bahasa pamaan google...maklum, males belajar...wakwkwkwkwk

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  4. Cheers for your visit my friend!

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  5. nice article... keep posting :D

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  6. what you mean? you cant post in my blog?

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  7. belum pernah aku kemari. indah ya, kapan2 aku berkunjung ah. nice post.
    salam.

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  8. kabar baik. malang tetap aja adem seperti kalo pagi. smg kejadian di Jakarta bisa segera diselesaikan dengan baik

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  9. Dulu saya pernah ke waduk sermo, sewaktu masih berkuliah di yogyakarta..

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  10. Hello...I did post your comment...you left your first comment on the post 'Have you ever been violated'!

    I definitely post male comments. I write my posts for everyone to read and comment on if they so desire.

    Thank you so very much for taking the time to comment!

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  11. It is very sad about what the environment is suffering these days. It is heartbreaking to watch something that you once enjoyed become polluted or corrupt. It is happening everywhere!

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  12. No such a bizzare matter. Matter like that have ordinary in this republic. You can see Kedungombo dam.

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  13. nice post .. keep sharing information my friend

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  14. info nya lengkap kap ini kang :) sampe binun mo ngemeng apa lagi :( uda lengkap ada semua... cma lg turut berduka ajja sama yg kena bom td itu :(

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  15. Wah pinter banget bahasa inggrisnya bos,kunjungan balik nih eh,pertanyaannya di jawab dimana ya?arisan bca itu.gak bisa selain bca

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  16. wah full english ya bro...mantaaf,,,ngedapetin GA susah ga bro?kasih tips&trik nya donk :-)

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  17. wah keren waduknya, kapan yah bisa ke waduk sermo yang indah itu

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  18. hey buddy..ur doing a super job..keep up the good work :)

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  20. Been here today, wishing you and your family a lovely weekend my friend :)

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  21. Saya berharap dirimu selalu sehat dan sukses bro.
    Salam. Tks.

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  22. Sobat, sudah beberapa hari ini kok susah nulis di shoutbox sih, pasti ada yang salah tuh.
    Oya, mampir ya di SC. Ada postingan baru tuh

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  23. bagus banget
    ga nyangka kalo jogja punya tempat kayak gini

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  24. keren banget teman
    wah kalo dari kota jogja ke sini makan berapa jam yah
    ga nyangka dolo di waduk itu tempat tinggal para penduduk yang transmigrasi toh

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  25. nimbrung2 akh... :) g d usier kan...........???

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  26. yah! sure you can grab some and enjoy oh, i can make some more for you.

    anyway tnx for dropping by. i appreciate it.

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  27. It's nice to come to these places once in awhile to relax especially if you live in the city.:)

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  28. Selamün Aleyküm.have a nice day.

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