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Indonesia upbeat over infrastructure

  • Rachmadea Aisyah and Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 29, 2017   /  07:05 am
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A motorcyclist passes through a section of the Surakarta-Ngawi toll road in Ngemplak, Boyolali, Central Java, on May. 30.(Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno can now exhale as the BawenSalatiga toll road in Central Java kicked off operations early this week. The 17.6-kilometer BawenSalatiga toll road, dubbed Indonesia’s loveliest toll road, will link Semarang, the provincial capital, and Surakarta, and is part of the Trans-Java toll road project, a key component to the government’s infrastructure push. Following the toll road’s inauguration, Rini expressed optimism over the country’s potential to build toll roads spanning 1,800 km, longer than its initial target of 1,200 km. The roads, she said, could stretch from Merak in Banten to Banyuwangi in East Java. “I like driving, and when President [Joko] Jokowi [Widodo]’s Trans-Java toll road project finishes in 2019, I am going to drive from Merak to Banyuwangi,” Rini said in her speech during...