The government plans to develop 4,479.33 kilometers of toll roads by 2030 in addition to the 1,500 km toll road projects that are to be completed in 2024 to support mobility, an official has announced.
The Public Works and Housing Ministry’s road development director general, Sugiyartanto, said the new toll roads would particularly open access to tourist destinations and other new centers of economic growth.
“It is a vision toward 2030, while from 2020 to 2024, we will complete the 1,500 kilometer toll road program,” he said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
The new toll road project will be implemented on Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara.
He said the implementation of the project would be adjusted to the needs of each region in line with the development of other infrastructure. He said the existing roads would not be able to accommodate the increasing transportation needs of all regions.
“So, the opening of new roads is needed to provide access for new industrial areas, special economic zones and new [and expanded] airports,” Sugiyartanto said.
He added that the medium toll road program required Rp 671.8 trillion (US$46.98 billion).
He stressed that the funds would not only come from the state budget but also from the private sector. (bbn)