Indonesia’s Government plans to complete the construction of five toll road projects in four provinces by 2018, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced. Land acquisitions, which caused some of the projects to be delayed for years, have been finalized and respective agreements for the toll constructions worth IDR 48.8 trillion (around US$ 3.9 billion) have been signed in the State Palace.
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said the projects stretch for 390 km. They include the Manado-Bitung toll road in North Sulawesi (39km), the Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road in East Kalimantan (99km), the Pandaan-Malang toll road in East Java (38km), the Serpong-Balaraja toll road in Banten (30km) and the Terbanggi Besar-Permatang Panggang-Kayu Agung toll road in South Sumatra (185km). The Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road was stalled for four years due to land acquisition issues.
Darmin added on Thursday (June, 9, 2016) in Jakarta that the five toll road projects are part of the national strategic projects and are expected to improve regional connectivity. According to him, this would eventually reduce logistics costs and boost economic growth.