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Jakarta Post

Govt begins preparations for building Sunda Strait bridge

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 21 2011   /  07:39 am

The government has begun preparations for the long-awaited construction of the Sunda Strait bridge following the issuance of a presidential decree on the appointment of the developers for the US$11 billion project.

Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto said in Jakarta on Tuesday that the presidential decree cleared the legal obstacle to the start of the construction of the 29-kilometer bridge, which would link Merak, Banten in the western part of Java with Lampung, in the southern part of Sumatra.

Speaking to reporters following a coordinating meeting at the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa, Djoko said that his office and related parties were preparing the grand design for the project.

A consortium comprising Banten and Lampung administrations, along with PT Bangungraha Sejahtera Mulia, a subsidiary of business tycoon Tommy Winata’s Arta Gra...