Comment: Sunda Strait Bridge fiasco
Paper Edition | Page: 8
July 28, p. 8
With reference to the article titled “Agus goes against the tide in bridge fiasco” published on July 25 on page 10, I have to say that Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo is a very wise man.
The article indicates the financial risk involved in the entire project, the construction of the bridge including revenue potential and (re)financing, not forgetting the preferential treatment of some parties that definitely includes corruption and mismanagement.
That is a clear and correct statement. A feasibility study of the technical construction portion of the project will most likely show that it is feasible, taking into account additional measures and costs with regard to earthquake protection and other technical possibilities.
Commenter’s reactions in favor of the Sunda Strait Bridge are understandable.
However, their comments are not completely correct when they insinuate that people, and especially foreigners, are against the construction of the bridge.
They should read the comments of the past few weeks thoroughly, and they will show that most comments have been positive, and not against the construction of the bridge itself, but focused more on the inexperience of Indonesia in such projects.
Some comments give attractive alternatives, such as proposing an upgrade and increase to the existing ferry facilities and port facilities. Some comments are derived after proper analytical deliberation of the technical implications, technical feasibility … but don’t underestimate earthquakes, tsunamis and other phenomena.
Some comments give a thoughtful warning about the financial implications and risks of such a gigantic and untested project.
Most commenter’s will agree that a political decision in the end will decide whether feasible or not, hopefully taking into account calculated risks. Do not only point fingers!