Indonesia Announces More Plans for Toll Road Construction

Antara News Agency reports, Indonesia’s Public Works and Housing Ministry plans to tender public-private partnerships for the construction of seven toll road sections. “Under the KPBU (government-corporate body cooperation) scheme, the government aims to address the lack of funding for the development of infrastructure, particularly toll roads, so they could be completed on schedule to offer real benefits to the state and nation,” the ministry’s chief said today.

The Jakarta Post (subscription required for full access) reports on an Indonesian government proposal to expand a Jakarta sea wall project by developing a 20-kilometer (12.5-mile) “outer sea dike” that will also carry a new toll road.

The newspaper reported last week that Indonesian President Joko Widodo “has pledged to continue his infrastructure programs in his second and final five-year term, with a focus on connecting the existing infrastructure to optimize their use. ‘We will accelerate [development] and connect the infrastructure projects, such as toll roads, railways, seaports and airports,’” Jokowi said during a speech outlining his program for the second term he won in a June election.