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Jakarta Post

Batam‐Bintan bridge construction waiting for Jokowi's green light

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Mon, January 6, 2020   /  12:29 pm
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A view of Barelang Bridge near Batam city, Riau Islands province. The government is planning to build a longer bridge to link the islands of Batam and Bintan in the province. (Antara/Irwansyah Putra)

Construction of a 7-kilometer bridge connecting the islands of Batam and Bintan in Riau Islands province is now waiting for the green light from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, with the detailed engineering design for the bridge already completed. The infrastructure coordination undersecretary at the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, Ridwan Djamaluddin, said the Batam-Bintan (Babin) bridge was listed as a strategic project in the government’s  2020-2024 National Mid-Term Development Plan (RPJMN). If realized, the bridge will replace the 5.43-km Surabaya-Madura (Suramadu) Bridge in East Java as the longest bridge in the country. "The Babin bridge project is still in progress. The start of construction depends on the President's decision and we're waiting for that," he said when visiting the location for t...