Jakarta

Jokowi backs building 2
toll roads

Jakarta 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.

“Once 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 on Monday.

Construction of New Tanjung Priok Port in Kalibaru, adjacent to Tanjung Priok Port, is slated for completion in 2014.

Jokowi 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.

During the meeting, Jokowi reportedly offered to build only one toll road, Semanan – Bekasi, which was opposed by the urban activists.

Work 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.

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