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Solo-Ngawi toll road expected to boost Surakarta tourism

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, July 4, 2018  /  07:35 pm
Solo-Ngawi toll road expected to boost Surakarta tourism

Several vehicles pass a section on the Solo-Ngawi toll road in Ngemplak, Boyolali, Central Java, on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

The Kartasura-Sragen toll road, part of the Solo-Ngawi highway in Central Java, will be officially opened this month.

David Wijayatno, a director of construction firm PT Solo-Ngawi Jaya (SNJ), said the Public Works and Housing Ministry had issued Decree No. 387/2018 for operational and tariff setting on June 8.

The new toll road aims to improve Solo-Ngawi traffic as well as its surroundings.

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David told that cars now could go directly from Yogyakarta, Semarang or Salatiga to Sragen and Ngawi. Previously, they needed to pass Surakarta, which takes around one hour. 

David said in addition to connecting the regencies, the toll road would also help boost Surakarta as a tourist destination, rather than only as a transit city. He said Surakarta had a lot to offer, including food, culture and tourist attractions. 

The Kartasura-Sragen toll road, which travelers can use free of charge, has been open since June 8.

On June 26, SNJ installed e-payment machines at the toll’s gate; however, they have yet to charge the users for the facility. (jes/kes)

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