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Jakarta Post

Inner-city toll road project still in limbo

  • Sita W. Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 30 2013   /  08:07 am

The decision to construct at least one of the planned six inner-city toll roads is now in the hands of Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo after the meeting with the project stakeholders on Tuesday ended in deadlock.

“Not yet,” he said after the closed-door meeting at City Hall, answering journalists’ questions about his final decision on the project’s fate.

“This is not easy as it involves a Rp 42 trillion [US$4.3 billion] investment. I need more time [...] I will need one, two, probably six days.”

Earlier this month, Jokowi hinted at support for the project, which was expected to begin this year under the auspices of PT Jakarta Tollroad Development (JTD), to ease traffic.

Urban activists protested against the plan which they said would counteract the administration’s plans to shift commuters to public transportation, organizing a petition to pr...