The Jakarta Post
A consortium of state and private companies PT PP Semarang Demak will soon begin the construction of a 27-kilometer toll road connecting Semarang and neighboring town of Demak in Central Java, which will provide motorists from Semarang with another toll road alternative to reach Surabaya and other cities in East Java.
PP Semarang Demak, a consortium of PT Pembangunan Perumahan (PP), PT Wijaya Karya (Wika) and Misi Mulia Metrical (M3) will split the toll road into two sections -- the first 10.69-km section connecting Semarang to Sayung in Demak and a 16.31-km section connecting Sayung to Demak regency.
“In February, we will start the construction of the second section, while the first section is still under preparation," the president of PT Pembangunan Perumahan Semarang-Demak, Handoko Yudia, said during a meeting with Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo in Semarang on Tuesday.
He added that the land acquisition for the second section development was 60 percent complete. The second section of the toll road will take around 17 months to build, with a total investment of Rp 5.4 trillion (US$385 million)
“We hope the second section will be completed by the end of 2021. The tariff will be Rp 1,124 per kilometer and we estimate daily use by around 16,276 vehicles,” he said.
The first section of the toll road will also be designed as a sea dike to prevent floods in Semarang. With a 5-meter high elevated section that will span 8 km along the Java Sea, the total investment for the section is Rp 9 trillion.
Ganjar hoped that there would be supporting infrastructure built around the toll road section. “Ecotourism, a creative industry area, housing and retention pools will be built with a green concept. It won’t use groundwater and it will use renewable energy. If it can be done, it will be extraordinary,” Ganjar said.
The development, however, still faces land-acquisition problems. “There has to be a win-win solution for the land-acquisition problem. Local residents claim they own the land that is to be used for the toll road. They can prove it with legal certificates, but the land has disappeared as it has been submerged due to increasing sea levels,” Ganjar said.
Ganjar has coordinated with the Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning Ministry and will communicate with the Public Works and Housing Minister Basoeki Hadimoeljono regarding the land-acquisition problem.
He also requested the development of the first section to be fast-tracked to catch-up with the second section development while reminding the developers to pay attention to the construction quality as it would also be used as disaster control infrastructure.
Stated owned companies PP and Wika own 65 percent and 25 percent stakes, respectively, in the consortium, with M3 holding the remaining 10 percent.
The toll road will be a part of the Java toll road network that will span across the island from Semarang extending to Kudus, Pati, Rembang, Lasem and Tuban to eventually reach Surabaya.
The toll road will complement the separate 1,167-km trans-Java toll road network that will eventually extend it from Merak in Banten to Pasuruan in East Java. (mfp)