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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 a�?Jokowia�? 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).

a�?I encourage the developers to complete the toll road from Bakauheni to Palembang before the start of the Asian Games,a�? President Jokowi said as reported byA�Antara.

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

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

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

Source: The Jakarta Post