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Jakarta Post

Trans-Sumatra turnpike project set to start

  • Ansyor Idrus

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 3 2012   /  09:50 am

The Trans-Sumatra toll road project, stretching from Aceh to Lampung, will commence with the construction of a 22-kilometer stretch from Palembang to Indralaya in South Sumatra in March of next year.

“The project is currently in the process of land acquisition, which we have handed over to the provincial administration,” said Hutama Karya managing director Tri Widjajanto in Palembang on Friday after meeting with South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin. State-run construction firm Hutama Karya has been appointed by the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry to build the 2,000-kilometer Trans-Sumatra toll road.

Alex said he had formed a team to acquire a swath of land measuring 60 meters wide along the Palembang-Indralaya route.

“We expect the land acquisition process to be complete by March next year,” said Alex. He, however, did not mention the total amount land to be...