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Ampera bridge more than a city symbol

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 23 2011   /  10:38 am

The Ampera Bridge, located in the South Sumatra capital of Palembang, is not only a landmark but also reflects the nation’s political aspirations.

The idea to establish the bridge came from Palembang’s colonial era major Le Cocq de Ville. His vision was to unite the city by connecting two areas of Palembang that were divided by the Musi River.

Le Cocq’s idea remained unrealized until the Dutch lost their grasp on Indonesia. Gradually, the initiative to build the bridge reemerged when Palembang’s transitional legislative council decided to allocate a budget for its construction in October 1956.

A year later, construction began with a US$4.5 million (then Rp 9 billion) budget allocated, gained from the spoils of war when the country fought against Japan. Later the plan was also supported by founding father Sukarno.

The bridge, which was finished within t...