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Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) said it will offer nine toll road projects  during 2020.

Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said this year, the Indonesian government prepared an investment of 395 trillion Rp (26.33 billion USD) for toll road projects across the archipelago.

“Although the finance ministry saved a budget of 44 trillion Rp, no activities were canceled,” he told reporters through a virtual press conference after a limited Cabinet meeting on the National Strategic Projects led by President Joko Widodo on May 28.

Hadimuljono reported that some of the toll roads will be inaugurated this year,  including Banda Aceh – Sigli with a length of 14 kilometers (km), Pekanbaru – Dumai 131 km, Manado 21 km, and Balikpapan – Samarinda 33 km. Then, part of Makassar toll road, Cibitung – Cilincing, and Kriyan toll road in East Java will be opened at the end of the year.

The head of Indonesia’ Toll Road Regulatory Agency, Danang Parikesit, added that six of the nine projects to be auctioned were proposals or initiatives from business entities.  They will have a total investment of 135.60 trillion Rp and a total length of over 461km.

The Indonesian government set a target of building 3,000 km of new toll roads across the country in the next five years. President Joko Widodo said during his first term, the country has build 720 km of toll roads.

“In the next five years, we hope that we already have 5,000 km of toll roads. Therefore, we are still focusing on infrastructure development in addition to human resource development,“ he stated not long ago./.

VNA