Kediri to develop US$347 million airport
The Jakarta Post
The Committee for the Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure Delivery (KPPIP) has confirmed that the government will include an airport project in Kediri, East Java, on its list of national strategic projects.
The head of the KPPIP implementation team, Wahyu Utomo, said in Jakarta on Tuesday that there were 222 projects on the list, not including the Kediri airport project, which had yet to be officially added.
Meanwhile, tribunnews.com reported that Kediri-based cigarette maker PT Gudang Garam had expressed interest in investing Rp 5 trillion (US$347 million) to develop the airport, which would be equipped with a 3,000-meter-long runway.
Wahyu said a draft revision needed to be signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo before the project could begin.
The proposal to add the Kediri airport project to the list of national strategic projects was made by Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and approved by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. The plan to develop the airport was made to boost economic growth in the southern part of East Java province.
Luhut said the President would soon sign a KPPIP revision that added the Kediri airport project to the list. The airport would be developed on 500 hectares of land that had yet to be acquired, Luhut said. (bbn)
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