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Two sections of Jakarta Outer Ring Road II to be opened this year

  • Mardika Parama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 12, 2020   /   07:45 am
Two sections of Jakarta Outer Ring Road II to be opened this year Waiting game: Vehicles move slowly along the Bogor-Jakarta toll road on Monday. The sudden influx of vehicles into Jakarta was a result of the Jakarta administration’s decision to let a number of public sectors resume activities following the central government's imposition of “new normal” policies in response to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. (JP/PJ.Leo)

State-owned toll road operator Jasa Marga aims to launch operations on two sections of the Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR) II network by the end of the year.

The sections are the 10.1 km Serpong-Cinere toll road and the 14.2 km Cengkareng-Batuceper-Kunciran toll road, both of which are managed by Jasa Marga subsidiaries PT Cinere Serpong Jaya (CSJ) and PT Jasamarga Kunciran Cengkareng (JKC).

CSJ president director Ayu Widya Kiswari said on Monday that progress on the land acquisition for the Serpong-Cinere section had reached 92.17 percent, while the construction progress stood at 83.3 percent, as of July 30.

“We expect the toll road to start its functional operation by December 2020,” she said in a statement released on Monday.

Functional operation in toll roads refers to the limited operation of toll road sections that are not completely finished but are able to accommodate vehicle traffic. During the functional operation, which precedes the commercial operation, the operator will not charge any fees.

Upon its completion, the toll road will be connected to the Serpong-Kunciran toll road and the Cinere-Jagorawi toll road.

Similarly, JKC president director Agus Suharjanto said the Cengkareng-Batuceper-Kunciran toll road section could launch operations by the end of 2020.

The toll road’s construction progress had reached 87.1 percent, while the land procurement had nearly reached 90 percent, as of August 2.

“The Cengkareng-Kunciran section is planned to enter functional operation by the end of 2020,” he said.

JORR II toll road projects span a total of 110 kilometers, encircling Jakarta through its neighboring cities and regencies and passing major logistics and transportation hubs, such as Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Tanjung Priok port.

The project began with a tender back in 2006 but then faced years of delay until construction began in 2017.

In December 2019, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited the toll road and urged stakeholders to finish the project.

He said the JORR II would improve connectivity for cargo distribution, particularly to Merak Port in Banten.

“This toll road will connect our production hub with distribution centers. It could increase efficiency and improve our competitiveness,” he said on Dec. 12 in a press statement.

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