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Discourse: Land acquisition a big problem for infrastructure projects

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, December 3 2012   /  09:59 am

Roads are clearly the backbone of any land transportation system. Problems related to land acquisition, particularly in Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi, remain substantial despite the land acquisition law. In a recent interview with The Jakarta Post’s Nurfika Osman, the Public Works Ministry’s director general for highways Djoko Murjanto talked about the impact of the new government regulation on land acquisition. He also discussed the government’s long and short-term programs in dealing with distribution bottlenecks resulting from inadequate roads. Below are the excerpts:

Question: What do you think about the new land acquisition law? Does it help with land acquisition problems?

Answer: Unfortunately, we are yet to feel any positive impact from this law. We are living in a democracy where the people are allowed to participate in decision making. The new law accommodates t...