"The construction of a border road was part of the implementation of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla's Nawa Cita (nine development priorities) to build the nation, starting from the frontiers in order to protect national sovereignty," PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono noted in a statement received here on Monday.
Hadimuljono highlighted the strategic value of this construction since it was not merely to apply protection and security functions but also to open isolation of the border area and drive economic growth.
According to the PUPR data, in West Kalimantan Province, the border parallel road from Temajuk to East Kalimantan's border spans 827.97 kilometers, of which 317.05 kilometers, or 38 percent, was paved; 253.29 kilometers, or 31 percent, of subbase; while the other 257.63 kilometers, or 31 percent, of still subgrade.
The construction of a seven-meter-wide roadway and 25-meter-wide road reserve area is processed by the Ministry of PUPR's Directorate General of Highways and assisted by Army's Directorate of Engineering.
Some Rp4.5 trillion of budget has been estimated for the entire process that will end in 2024 comprising 12 segments and bridges.
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