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Section 1 of trans-Sumatra highway usable in July

  • Ayomi Amindoni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 12, 2016   /  12:48 pm
Section 1 of trans-Sumatra highway usable in July Checking up: P​resident Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (third left) and National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan (first left) inspect the progress in the construction of the trans-Sumatra highway. It is Jokowi's fourth visit to the construction site located in South Lampung. (courtesy of the presidential secretariat)

Checking up: P'€‹resident Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (third left) and National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan (first left) inspect the progress in the construction of the trans-Sumatra highway. It is Jokowi's fourth visit to the construction site located in South Lampung. (courtesy of the presidential secretariat)

The first 7.8 kilometer section of the trans-Sumatra highway in Tanjung Bintang, South Lampung, will be usable in July before the Eid holiday, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Thursday after visiting the construction site.

Jokowi said that the project remained on schedule despite problems with the funding disbursement. He is determined to keep the construction project running as planned to support the government'€™s massive infrastructure programs.

"I have witnessed it. The development is very fast, even the land acquisition is very fast. We will have a meeting in Jakarta soon. We must prepare approximately Rp 1.2 trillion for the project," he said.

Jokowi has visited the trans-Sumatra highway four times in the last 10 months. "I'll check it again, again and again," he said.

The first eight sections in trans-Sumatra highway are projected to be finished by 2019. The project will have a total length of 2,600 kilometers, made up of 24 sections. The mega-project is estimated to cost Rp 331.69 trillion (US$24.6 billion). (ags)

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