Section V of Pandaan-Malang Toll Road Pakis-Malang Begins Operation on 7 April
Date 9 April 2020
Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has announced that the Pandaan-Malang toll road section V Pakis-Malang spanning 3.1 km long is set to be operational on 7 April.
The Ministry’s Directorate General of highways Bina Marga previously stated that this section has passed roadworthiness tests under Decree of Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Number 314/KPTS/M of 2020 on 2 April 2020.
In the meantime, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono said tariff for the Pakis-Malang section will be imposed once the situation improves and the Government has declared the end of the emergency response for COVID-19 outbreak.
The Pakis-Malang Section is the last section of the already operational Pandaan-Malang toll road to be operated.
The Pandaan-Malang toll road itself consists of five sections spanning along 38.48 km long with section I Pandaan-Purwodadi spanning 15.4 km long, section II Purwodadi-Lawang spanning 8 km long, and section III Lawang-Singosari spanning 7.1 km long. These three sections have been operational since 13 May last year. Meanwhile, section IV Singosari-Pakis spans 4.7 km long.
The construction of Pandaan-Malang toll road is carried out by state-owned toll road operator PT Jasamarga Pandaan Malang (JPM) in which PT Jasa Marga owns 60 percent shares, while state construction firm PT Pembangunan Perumahan owns 35 percent shares with a construction value of Rp3.7 trillion and PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur owns 5 percent of shares with an investment cost of Rp5.9 trillion.
The Government said that the operation of Pandaan-Malang toll road is aimed at facilitating mobility of people and goods from East Java provincial capital Surabaya to Malang – the province’s second largest city – and vice versa.
The toll road is also expected to cut travel time between the two cities from four to six hours to two or three hours during rush hours.
The operation of the toll road is also expected to boost tourism and economy in the areas, which are home to several tourist destinations including the Prigen tourist area and safari park, Wonosari tea garden, Singosari Temple and Batu tourist area. The toll road is also expected to improve access for the Singosari Special Economic Zones and Malang’s Sultan Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport.
The toll road – which is part of the Surabaya-Malang toll road – also offers beautiful natural scenery on both sides of the road, particularly in its the rest areas directly overlooking Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru on the east side of the toll road from Malang direction, Mount Arjuno on the west side, Mount Kawi on the southwest side, Mount Panderman in Batu City and Mount Penanggungan in the Pandaan region. (BKP Ministry of PUPR/EN)
Reviewed by: M. Ersan Pamungkas