The construction of a toll road connecting Benoa in Denpasar to Nusa Dua in Badung, both in Bali, may be completed by July 2013, three months before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.
The 12-kilometer toll road will connect Benoa harbor, Ngurah Rai International Airport and the Nusa Dua tourism complex, and will be partly built on top of a mangrove forest.
PT Jasa Marga Bali, the Bali branch office of state toll road operator PT Jasa Marga, said on Sunday the company still had land acquisition issues with locals and needed to settle them through the 2012 Land Acquisition Law to speed up the project.
Jasa Marga Bali president director Akhmad Tito Karim said in Denpasar as quoted by kompas.com that he believed that residents would be cooperative this time and allow the toll road to be built.
In relation to environmental concerns, Foresty Minister Zulkifli Hasan said that the project would cause “minimum environmental damage”, with one hectare of mangrove forest being cleared to allow for the toll road construction.
The company said it would plant 300,000 mangrove trees along the road “to compensate for the forest damage”.
The Benoa-Nusa Dua toll road is one of nine toll road projects that publicly listed PT Jasa Marga is running throughout Indonesia.
Others include the Semarang-Solo toll road in Central Java and the Surabaya-Mojokerto toll road in East Java.
Jasa Marga president director Frans Sunito said last year that all of the nine projects were expected to complete by 2014. (png/mtq)