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Construction of elevated toll road in North Jakarta sparks criticism

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, October 13, 2019   /  11:31 am
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Workers stand on a construction pillar of the Cimanggis-Cibitung toll road project on Jl. Cibubur Alternatif in Bekasi, West Java, on April 19. (JP/P.J. Leo)

Construction of an elevated inner-city toll road that aims to alleviate traffic and ease access to Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta has been met with cries of dismay over fears of environmental damage and worsening traffic congestion. The central government, through the Public Works and Housing Ministry,  kicked off construction of the 9.67 kilometer-long toll road, called Harbor toll road II, on Oct. 4. Indonesia Toll Road Authority (BPJT) head Danang Parikesit said the ministry had approved the expansion of Wiyoto Wiyono toll road on Aug. 26, making way for the construction of Harbor toll toad II. The elevated road will expand the capacity of inner city toll roads to Tanjung Priok toll road, which is connected to and is a part of the Jakarta Outer Ring Road toll section. “With the development of the toll road, we can expect that the traffic flow from the east ...