Patimban Port Access Road to be Completed on April 2020
Date 29 November 2019
In a bid to support the Patimban Port operational, the Government has constructed an 8.2 kilometer access road to the Port in Subang, West Java.
The Patimban Port is projected to become the largest international port in the country in addition to the Tanjung Priok Port.
Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono said that the current progress of the construction has reached 55.8 percent. He also expressed hope that the construction will be completed on time according to the contract target in April 2020.
“We must increase the number of workers and equipment so that the construction can be completed on time,” Basuki said in his on-site inspection, Thursday (28/11).
According to the Minister, the access road is built using elevated constructions since the ground condition around the site is dominated by rice fields with soft soil contours.
“If we built it with conventional construction, rice fields and irrigation channels will be disappeared. Since the construction of new roads is usually followed by the rapid growth of local residents’ activities such as settlements and shops, therefore we decided to apply elevated construction,” Basuki said.
The construction, Basuki continued, is one of the follow-up meetings between President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and Chairman of the Japan-Indonesia Association—which also former Japanese PM—Yasuo Fukuda last week.
“The Access Road is part of the cooperation between Indonesia and Japan with a loan scheme involving contractors from lending countries,” Basuki added.
For the record, the Patimban Port Access Road construction contract and supervision consultant were signed on 14 August 2018 with the contractor namely state-owned construction company PT Pembangunan Perumahan, PT. Build Cipta Contractor and Shimizu Corporation with a total budget of Rp1.12 trillion.
The Ministry is also preparing the construction of a toll road that will connect the Port with the Cikopo – Palimanan (Cipali) Toll Road that spans 29.8 km, Basuki said.
The Toll Road construction has entered the documents finalization phase for the auction process and is targeted to begin construction in 2021 and be completed in 2024. (BKP Kementerian PUPR/ES)
Translated by: Galuh Wicaksono
Reviewed by: Yuyu Mulyani