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Two toll road sections in Sumatra start operations

Two sections of the Trans-Sumatra toll road started operation after they were inaugurated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in Lampung on Sunday.

The 8.9-kilometer Section 1 connects the Port to Bakauheni, and the 5.65-km Section 5 connects Lematang and Kotabaru.

The two sections are parts of the 140.9-km Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar toll road in Lampung, which cost about Rp 16.8 trillion (US$1.18 billion).

“I encourage the developers to complete the toll road from Bakauheni to Palembang before the start of the Asian Games,” President Jokowi said as reported by Antara.

He believed the construction of the toll roads would be completed as scheduled, although there was still a problem with land acquisition.

“People, particularly in Lampung, will benefit from the project,” Jokowi said, adding that the government was currently also developing Waysekapung Dam, ports, electricity plants and an airport in Lampung province.

“The infrastructure will push down the prices of commodities due to the smooth transportation infrastructure,” the President added. (bbn)

Source: The Jakarta Post