Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia During Inspection to the Construction of Nusantara Capital (IKN)’s Toll Road at Segment 3B of KKT Kariangau –Tempadung Interchange, Balikpapan City, East Kalimantan Province, February 22, 2023

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 22 Februari 2023
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Yes, this is a toll road from Balikpapan to the center of the Nusantara Capital (IKN), which is approximately 40 kilometers away and can be traveled in approximately 30 minutes from Balikpapan.

We can see that the fieldwork has been done. We hope that this will be the first infrastructure built as part of the development of the new capital. Then the most important thing that I always remind those on the ground who are related to the environment. Because the concept of the city that we want to implement in the capital is an environmental concept. So, no matter how small it is related to the environment, it must be taken into account. So, if there is anything related to the environment that is not considered, I will definitely reprimand it because the concept is, once again, an environmental concept.

Journalist

When is the target completion date?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Inshaallah, this will be completed by the end of 2024.

Journalist

How many segments will the Balikpapan toll road be completed (inaudible)?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Balikpapan-Central Area will be completed by the end of 2024.

Journalist

Is there any issue related to land acquisition?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

No, there isn’t, there isn’t, there isn’t. Yesterday, yes, but today, Minister of Public Works has informed me that there is no problem.

Journalist

So, there are no more issues, sir?

Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (Basuki Hadimuljono):

It will be paid in March.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

We just need to pay for March, next week.

Journalist

Does it include land acquisition in the capital, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

I think the approach is the same. I told it to the Head of the Authority yesterday, Pak Bambang. There should be no harm to locals by the construction of the capital.

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