President Joko Widodo inaugurates first section of Bakauheni-Palembang toll road on Sunday (21/01). photo credit : Cabinet Secretary

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – President Joko Widodo calls on the developers of the 140.9-kilometers of Bakauheni-Palembang toll road to be completed before the Asian Games in the middle of this year. The President made the call during the inauguration of the first section of the toll road on Sunday (21/01), linking Bakauheni-SS Kotabaru, Lampung with a length of 14.5 kilometers.

Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the Bakauheni, Lampung-Terbanggi Besar, Palembang toll road is now 65.65 per cent completed and the land clearing is 95.2 per cent completed. He is optimistic the 140.9-km toll road, part of the Trans-Sumatra toll road, will be completed in July.

The Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar toll road is divided into four sections. The first section links Bakauheni-Sidomulyo 14.5 km; section II, connecting Sidomulyo and Kota Baru along 40.6 km, is developed by PT Waskita Karya Tbk; section III, connecting Kotabaru and Metro along 29 km, is being developed by PT Adhi Karya Tbk; and section IV, linking Metro and Terbanggi Besar in Palembang, along 31.93 km, is developed by PT Wijaya Karya Tbk. (*)