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Bontang – Samarinda Set to Have New Toll Roads

Report: Janu I Editor: Isnan Rahardi

TIMUR MEDIA – Director General of Highways of the Ministry of PUPR Hedy Rahadian explained, according to Presidential Decree No. 56 of 2018 and the Letter of the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs on March 18 2020 regarding National Strategic Projects (PSN), there are 64 toll roads that are included in the PSN category.

Hedy detailed that of the 64 toll roads, 14 are fully operational, 10 are partially operating, 26 are still under construction or land acquisition and 14 are currently planning. As for the 14 sections that are included in the planning, there is one segment that will be excluded from the PSN.

“One segment that has been issued is Palembang-Tanjung Api-Api,” Hedy explained during a press conference for the 2020 National Strategic Project. However, continued Hedy, there were nine proposed toll roads to be included in the PSN.

Of the nine proposed sections, these five sections are new. Among them are Samarinda-Bontang, Gedebage-Tasikmalaya-Cilacap, Patimban Port Access, Semarang Harbor Toll Road, and the Maros-Sungguminasa-Takalar section.

Meanwhile, the four proposed sections add to the scope of the previous PSN. The four sections are the Ngawi-Kertosono-Kediri toll road, Bogor Ring Road, Depok-Antasari, Solo-Yogyakarta-NYIA Kulonprogo.

Hedy explained that some of the additional sections have been included in the master plan, but have only just been initiated. Hedy mentioned that the Gedebage-Tasikmalaya-Cilacap segment had been planned for a long time but will only be initiated early next year.

Likewise, the proposed Solo-Yogya-NYIA Kulonprogo section. This is the timing only, it is only now running, so now we enter it, ”he explained. There is one section that will be excluded from the PSN, namely Palembang-Tanjung Api-Api because it is not clear when the Tanjung Api-Api port will begin construction.

The Samarinda-Bontang Toll Road has the potential to start being tendered next year.

Head of the Toll Road Regulatory Agency (BPJT) Danang Parikesit said the line had been prepared but so far no investor had offered to act as the initiator.

Thus, his party will first review the strategic plan of the Directorate General of Highways.

If it is considered feasible, continued Danang, it will be included in the BPJT program to be tendered directly without the need for an initiator.

The proponent refers to a business entity that proposes the construction of a new toll road. The business entity will benefit if the government approves the auction.

These advantages include getting the right to bid back (right to match) during the auction period, or the right to get a bonus such as a 10% discount on project value from the lowest bidder, or the purchase of initiative rights.

“If it is directed to the national capital, we will prepare it. Competition without initiative. At least we will see next year if a competition tender is started without an initiator,” said Danang.

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