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Financing Sunda Strait Bridge

  • Raya Timbul Manurung

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 17 2011   /  08:00 am

The Sunda Strait Bridge, which will connect the islands of Sumatra and Java, is planned to start construction in 2014.

Along its 31-kilometer length, the bridge will consist of a three-lane motorway in two directions, double track railway connection, a footpath and an emergency lane for vehicles, also a pipeline (oil, gas and water supply), and cabling works (fiber optic, telephone and electricity).

The cost is estimated at US$10 billion to $15 billion, or Rp 87 trillion to Rp 114.5 trillion. The President planned to issue a presidential regulation on the acceleration of development of the Sunda Strait Bridge in April 2011, but as of today it has still not materialized.

As we know, the biggest obstacle in any infrastructure development project is its high cost. The government regulation stipulates that all construction work contracts, consultants, suppliers and ot...