JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Public works and public house ministry to offer nine toll road projects in Indonesia during 2020, said the minister today. The pre-qualification for those projects its expecting starting this month.
The minister, Basuki Hadimuljono said, in this year, the government prepared investment Rp395 trillion (US$26.33 billion) for toll road projects across the archipelago. He added, one project, Solo – Yogyakarta toll road with length 10 kilometers will begin the construction in September. The project need costs Rp16 trillion.
“Although finance ministry saved our budget Rp44 trillion, no activities were canceled,” he told reporters through virtual presser after a limited meeting on the National Strategic Projects led by President Joko Widodo on Friday (05/28).
Hadimuljono reported, some of toll road projects have been build by the country will be inaugurates like Banda Aceh – Sigli with a length of 14 kilometers (km), Pekanbaru – Dumai along 131 km, Manado 21 km, Balikpapan – Samarinda 33 km. Then, part of Makassar toll road, Cibitung – Cilincing, Kriyan toll road in East Java will be inaugurated at the end of the year.
Indonesian government targeting to build 3,000 km new toll road across the country in five years time. President Joko Widodo said, in his first term, the country has build 720 km of toll road.
“In the next five years, we hope that we already have 5,000 km of toll roads. Therefore, we are still focusing on infrastructure development in addition to human resource development,“ he stated not long ago.
Indonesia’ Toll Road Regulatory Agency head, Danang Parikesit added, six of the nine projects to be auctioned were proposals or initiatives from business entities. Currently, there is one project which is in the tender process, namely the Balikpapan – Penajam Paser Utara toll road bridge along 7.35 km.
“The project is a business entity initiative with the right to equalize the offer or right to match at PT Tol Teluk Balikpapan,” he said.
PT Tol Teluk Balikpapan is a subsidiary of PT Waskita Toll Road (WTR). With the right to equalize the offer, WTR has a huge opportunity to win the auction of projects worth Rp15.53 trillion.
While the six toll road projects are also ready to be auctioned with a total investment of Rp135.60 trillion. The six projects are Semanan – Balaraja toll road along 31.90 km, Kamal – Teluk Naga – Rajeg along 38.60 km, Patimban Port Access along 37.70 km, Gedebage – Tasikmalaya – Cilacap along 184 km, Solo – Yogyakarta – Kulon Progo along 91.93 km, and Yogyakarta – Bawean along 77 km.
From 2015 to June 2019, the agency has completed the operation of 985 km. From 1978 to June 2019, toll roads in Indonesia that have been fully constructed and operate have reached 1,780 km, the agency data showed.
Widodo has the plan to integrate the management of toll road across the country. The toll adjustment is expected to address the needs of logistics actors and encourage trucks or containers to utilize toll roads thus reducing arterial road burden.
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