The building on the south side of Tirtonadi Terminal looks striking. The roof which is dominated by blue and colorful glass walls is clearly able to attract the attention of Ahmad Yani street users. Its location is strategic. Namely on the edge of the provincial road and Tirtonadi area that has recently been arranged by the Surakarta City Government and the central government. That is Tirta’s Kawruh Board. From the name it’s predictable, the building is a place to learn about water. But here, the definition of water is drainage and rivers that flow through Solo City. After the operation was inaugurated by the Mayor of FX Hadi Rudyatmo, Friday (11/15), the Tirta Kawruh Board was opened to the public. Built in stages since 2016, the building which was originally named the River Gallery is now ready to receive community visits. But the City Government cautioned, visitors should not be arbitrary in these locations. “Tirta’s Kawruh Board is not a picnic place, but a location to learn together about drainage in the city of Solo. So, not just any visitor can enter there, because actually Tirta Kawruh Board is an office, “said Head of the Public Works and Spatial Planning Office (DPUPR) Endah Sitaresmi Suryandari. At a glance, maybe the message is excessive. But when examined further, the visitor’s restriction was grounded. Inside the Tirta Kawruh Board there are a number of vital objects. One of them is the flood gate controller at Tirtonadi Dam, which was only built by the central government last year. The device that functions to open and close the weir’s door is protected by thick glass, but it can be clearly seen by anyone who enters the Tirta Kawruh Board. In addition, the building is also connected to the tower on the north side of the weir via a bridge. “This bridge is also not public access. Because it is used for inspection and monitoring lines. So please be advised if we do not allow everyone to enter Tirta Kawruh Board, because this is not a picnic place. Moreover, Tirtonadi Dam is one of the controllers of the water level in the Pepe River which flows in the middle of Solo City. ”
So, who is allowed to access the inside of the Tirta Board? Sita said, those with an interest in academic activities were invited to enter the building. “If you only want to look at the landscape or selfie, you are still permitted, but only to the front page of Tirta Kawruh Board. There are security officers who guard the Tirta Kawruh Board for 24 hours. Good to anticipate damage to buildings or vandalism, “said Sita. Instead, the City Government opened the door of the Tirta Kawruh Board as wide as possible for academics, researchers, or students who wanted to study outside the classroom (outing class). “Please register with the secretariat officer, if you want to use the place as a location for public lectures, discussions or study tours. Individual visitors are still welcome to enter, as long as they can clearly convey their objectives to the officers, “said Sita. Some rooms, tables, chairs, and projector boards seem to agree with the City Government’s policy regarding the restrictions on visitors to the Tirta Kawruh Board. Moreover, in several corners, information has been posted such as the Solo City drainage management master plan, or photographs related to a number of rivers in Bengawan City. “So in principle, the Tirta Kawruh Board is a learning center for those who want to explore drainage, rivers and other water resources. We have collaborated with river communities, river schools, SAR, the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) and universities. Until now the cooperation in utilizing the Tirta Kawruh Board has been running with Sebelas Maret University (UNS), and we are offering similar collaboration to other campuses, “Sita explained. He also promised, to complement the supporting tools for study in the building.
“We will slowly complete the facilities and infrastructure. Now it is still limited. ” Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo hopes that the Tirta Kawruh Board can become the most complete water and river education center. Because the history of water and rivers in the City of Bengawan is actually diverse, but not yet widely known to the public. “Many things can actually be learned by the community. Even though the most important thing is that the community can maintain and care for it, “said the Mayor. The number one person in the City Government also explained, the existence of the Tirta Kawruh Board could complement the arrangement of the Gilingan, Manahan and Nusukan triangle areas. Especially before that in the area there was Tirtonadi Rubber Dam and Keris Bridge.