TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road continues to be carried out by PT Hutama Karya (Persero) as a contractor. The work is speeding up because President Jokowi once promised a 2,000-kilometer toll road that would connect from Lampung to Aceh by 2024.
But to realize this plan, Hutama Karya last said they needed funds of up to Rp 547.16 trillion. The funds are needed to complete 24 toll roads that stretch from Bakauheni to Banda Aceh.
“The big plan is for 24 sections, stretching from Bakauheni to Banda Aceh along 2,813 kilometers with a total project cost of Rp 547,159 trillion,” said Aloysius Kiik Ro in a webinar, Thursday, September 9, 2021.
Weather summarizes the various dynamics that occur in the construction of this mega project. Here are some of them:
1. Laying of the First Stone
On April 30, 2015, the groundbreaking of the Trans Sumatra toll road began for the Lampung-Palembang section. At that time, Jokowi gave a target for the construction of the Lampung to Palembang toll road to be completed within 3 years.
“I’ll look at the field. What needs to be tweaked, tweaked. If it needs to be cut, cut it,” Jokowi said at the time.
2. Land issues
In the field, the process does not always run smoothly. At the end of 2017, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs acknowledged that land acquisition is still the biggest obstacle in the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Project.