President Jokowi Inaugurates Pekanbaru-Bangkinang Toll Road Section
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday (01/04) inaugurated Pekanbaru-Bangkinang toll road section, part of Pekanbaru-Padang toll road, at the Bangkinang toll Gate, Kampar Regency, Riau.
The President expressed his optimism that the infrastructure will improve the competitiveness of Riau products.
“We hope that the toll road will speed up the people mobility, goods and services and improve the competitiveness of the existing products in Riau province,” the President stated.
The 30.9-kilometer long toll road, built with a budget of Rp 4.8 trillion, is also expected to boost the growth of new economic centers while increasing people’s welfare.
“We also hope that we can grow new economic centers and create jobs and provide welfare to communities,” the President said.
The President also said that the Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road, which had previously been operated in Riau, has a high traffic volume, up to over 8,000 vehicles per day.
“It will be connected to Pekanbaru, so that the Dumai-Pekanbaru-Bangkinang section will be connected to Padang,” the President remarked.
Also accompanying President Jokowi in this event were, among others, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Erick Thohir, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Governor of Riau Syamsuar, and Regent of Kampar regency Kamsol. (FID/UN) (RI/HD)