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Govt struggles with Trans Sumatra toll road project

  • Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  02:58 am

Financing issues have hobbled the government’s plan to complete the mega Trans Sumatra toll road on schedule.It is likely that contractors will fail to meet the August deadline set by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for the completion of a toll road network connecting Bakauheni, Lampung, to Palembang in South Sumatra. Jokowi wanted the project to be ready for the Asian Games, which will kick off in mid-August.Presidential Regulation No. 117/2015 assigned state construction firm Hutama Karya to finish building eight sections of the Trans Sumatra toll road by next year, including the Palembang-Indralaya route, Medan-Binjai, Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar and Terbanggi Besar-Pematang Panggang route.The eight sections will make up 645 kilometers of a new toll road network connecting the entire island of Sumatra. However, Hutama Karya data shows that only 21.86 km is operational, including th...