Govt Aims to Complete Java Toll Road Construction Before Christmas, NY Holidays
In a bid to prepare the 2018 Christmas and 2019 New Year holidays, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono has announced he will inspect the readiness of Trans Java toll road.
President Joko Jokowi Widodo is also slated to inaugurate the four sections of Trans Java toll road in December this year.
The four toll roads are Pemalang-Batang toll road (33 Km), Batang-Semarang toll road (75 Km), Salatiga-Solo toll road (33 Km) and Wilangan-Kertosono toll road (39 Km), Basuki said after opening the Focus Group Discussion adopting the theme Revitalization of the Toll Road Industry: Towards the Connectivity of Trans Java and Sumatra Toll Roads in Jakarta, Wednesday (5/12).
Previously, the Government set target of building Trans Java toll road from Merak (Banten province) to Surabaya (East Java province) that spans along 870 km that can be used for the 2018 Christmas and 2019 New Year holidays. In fact, President Jokowi has also conveyed his plan to try the toll road himself in order to calculate travel time from Jakarta to Surabaya.
According to the Minister Basuki, the construction progress of the Pemalang-Batang, Batang-Semarang, and Salatiga-Solo section has reached 99 percent, whereas the progress Wilangan-Kertosono section construction has reached 95 percent.
Only a small work completion is left, such as the installation of median concrete barrier, he said.
In the meantime, Managing Director of state-owned toll road operator Jasa Marga Desi Arryani said that the toll road industry players have put their efforts to complete the toll road constructions in accordance with the Government’s aim to accelerate infrastructure development in the country. (EN/BKP Kementerian PUPR/ES)
Translated by: Galuh Wicaksono
Edited by: Muhammad Ersan Pamungkas