Pelindo II to build road, rail links to Kalibaru port
In order to improve logistics distribution to and from the Kalibaru terminal in North Jakarta, state-owned port operator Pelindo II is to build a toll road and railway connecting the terminal to other major facilities in the next few years, a senior official said in Jakarta on Thursday.
Pelindo II’s president director Richard Joost Lino said that based on the new master plan for Kalibaru, a 6-kilometer toll road connecting Kalibaru terminal in Tanjung Priok to Marunda would be built.
“It will be an elevated toll road over the sea and when it reaches the mainland it will run alongside the Cilincing arterial road,” Lino told The Jakarta Post.
“Traffic congestion is definitely getting worse and if we rely on the Cilincing road, we will not be able to solve the logistics distribution problems that we are facing today,” he said.
Lino added that the total investment needed to establish the toll road would be about Rp 1.5 trillion (US $166.5 million).
The toll-road project would be offered to state-owned enterprises (SOE) and the private sector, he said. He was optimistic that toll-road operator PT Jasa Marga would be willing to build it.
In addition, he said that the master plan included a railway connecting Kalibaru to Cikarang, Bekasi.
He said that 100,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) container per day could be accommodated.
“Developing container transportation via the capital city would be pointless because the traffic congestion in Jakarta only enables to us to transport 600 TEUs daily; that figure is of no use to us,” he said.
As with the toll-road project, the railway will be offered to SOEs or the private sector. A potential developer is the state-railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI).
Lino also said that the railway would link the terminal to Cikarang Dry Port currently used to store containers.
Total investment in Kalibaru has risen to Rp 17 trillion ($1.9 billion) — excluding the toll road and railway projects — a 45 percent jump from the previous estimate of Rp 11.7 trillion ($1.28 billion).
Pelindo II will open the tender process this week for dredging and infrastructure development, which will cost about Rp 10 trillion ($1.1 billion).
Moreover, based on the new master plan, Pelindo II plans to develop nine terminals in Kalibaru; six container and three fuel berths. (nfo)