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Jakarta Post

‘Made in Indonesia’ airport construction may last forever

  • Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, April 25 2011   /  08:00 am

When in 2006 then vice president Jusuf Kalla kicked off the construction of the Kuala Namu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, the country’s pride was at its height as the project boasted among the first entirely “made-in-Indonesia” airports.

Hardly anyone cast any pessimism over projections that the airport would be up and running by 2009. But five years after the kick-off ceremony, progress on its completion remains unknown.

Aside from irregularities in the design and costs, lengthy land clearance is also to blame for its delay.

The project developers have had to spend month after month attempting to settle their land clearing disputes with some 35 families who owned land located around the designed runway.

While the airport construction has nearly reached completion, Kuala Namu is unlikely to go anywhere as the toll road t...