PUPR Minister Guarantees the West Papua and Kalimantan Road Projects Do Not Raise Imports

Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono promised the completion of the construction of the Trans Papua road project and the Kalimantan border did not have an impact on increasing the import of asphalt. The completion of this project next year is not directly in the form of asphalt, but enough to fill the hard soil that can be used.

Basuki said the new paving was done in stages, after the road was completely completed. “So (when finished) 2019, not all of them have been paved,” Basuki said in his office, Jakarta, Friday (9/14).

Based on data from the Ministry of PUPR, the use of local components of the Directorate General of Highways reached 78.4% last year. The largest import component is asphalt. In fact, this year demand for asphalt is predicted to reach 1.8 billion tons with domestic supply of only 344.1 million tons.

Regarding the Kalimantan border road, President Joko Widodo was mentioned on his Instagram account this morning. Jokowi said of the 1,068 kilometers of border roads in East and North Kalimantan, only 185 kilometers had not been connected. He targeted next year the border road was completed.

“Hopefully 2019 this road can be connected and functional,” said Jokowi.

Whereas from the Ministry of Public Works and Public Works data, this year and 2019 the total number of Trans Papua roads will be completed along 352 kilometers. This figure consists of 198 kilometers of built roads this year and 154 kilometers completed next year. So that the total number of Trans Papua roads built in the Jokowi era reached 1,066 kilometers.

Basuki said that currently Trans Papua’s work is entering a relatively difficult area. Therefore there is a possibility that the speed of work will slow down a little, “But it will still be completed in 2019,” he said.

The Head of National Road Implementation Agency (BPJN) XII of the Directorate General of Highways, Refly Ruddy, explained that there were quite a number of obstacles faced in the field, for example the technical conditions of the field were quite heavy. As in Trans Papua, the topography of the Kalimantan border is hilly, affecting construction time and construction costs.

Non-technical factors, namely the culture of the border community is also a challenge, coupled with extreme weather in recent months. Refly said that the road is targeted to be connected and functional by the end of 2019 with partial asphalt conditions, partial aggregate pavement, and ground pavement.

“From the length of 1,068 kilometers of the East Kalimantan and Kaltara border roads, currently there are still 185 km that have not been penetrated, namely 126 kilometers in Kaltara and 59 kilometers in East Kalimantan,” Refly said.

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