"Currently, section II is under construction, while land acquisition issues are stalling progress in construction of section I of the Semarang-Demak toll road connecting Semarang-Sayung, designed to have a sea wall," President Director of PT Pembangunan Perumahan (PP) Semarang-Demak Handoko Yudianto stated here on Tuesday.
PT PP Semarang Demak is a consortium of state-construction firms -- PT Pembangunan Perumahan (PP) and Wijaya Karya (Wika) -- and private company PT Misi Mulia Metrika (M3) that will develop the toll road.
The project is being implemented under a public-private partnership scheme and is guaranteed by the government.
In an audience with Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, Yudianto affirmed that construction of the 27-kilometer toll road will be divided into two sections.
Section I of Semarang-Sayung will span some 10.69 kilometers, while section II of Sayung-Demak will span 16.31 km. Some 60 percent of the land has been released for the development of section II.
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"The construction will run for 17 months, with investment totaling Rp5.4 trillion. By the end of 2021, the physical construction of section II will be completed. A tariff of Rp1,124 per kilometer will be imposed, with some 16,276 vehicles projected to pass through the Sayung-Demak section daily," he elaborated.
Speaking in connection with the delay in construction of section I, Governor Pranowo confirmed having sought help from the National Land Agency (BPN) to assist in the land release process.
"There ought to be a win-win solution in the land release process. People claimed the land as theirs and showed the land certificate. However, the land is no longer present, as though the sea water had already submerged it," Pranowo stated.
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