Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is considering approving two of six planned
elevated inner city toll roads, despite strong opposition, according to the
number two man in the administration,Vice
Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahja Purnama.
Basuki said on Monday that the planned roads, Semanan – Sunter and Sunter –
Pulogebang, were necessary to support logistics to and from the Tanjung Priok Port
– the nation’s busiest.
the New Tanjung Priok port is completed, there will be two ports. It’s going to
be very busy. We will need two toll roads to accommodate the trucks
distributing freight to Sumatra, Banten, West Java or Central Java,” Basuki said
of New Tanjung Priok Port in Kalibaru, adjacent to Tanjung Priok Port, is
slated for completion in 2014.
said that he had reached a deadlock on the toll roads, which were first
conceived during the tenure of governor Sutiyoso, after a closed-door meeting last
week with urban activists and the project developer.
the meeting, Jokowi reportedly offered to build only one toll road, Semanan –
Bekasi, which was opposed by the urban activists.
on the toll roads had been slated to start this year. The 67-kilometer-long inner-city toll road network will connect all five of Jakarta’s municipalities.