Sunda Strait bridge feasible to be built

Sunda Strait bridge feasible to be built

Image mockups of Sunda Strait Bridge Project. (Doc.SSBP)

We have involved foreign experts."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A feasibility study on the Sunda strait bridge indicated that it was technically feasible to be built, Coordinating Minister for Economy Hatta Rajasa said here on Thursday.

"A series of feasibility study had indicated that the Sunda strait bridge is technically feasible to be built," Hatta said after attending a coordination meeting with industry minister, public works minister, and deputy finance minister to discuss trans Sumatra toll road and Sunda strait bridge development plan.

The minister said the feasibility studies on the bridge were related to its resistance to earthquake, volcanic activity, and sea current.

"The feasibility studies indicated that when constructed, the Sunda strait bridge will remain safe from possible Krakatu volcanic eruption and tsunami," he noted.

Hatta pointed out that the Sunda strait bridge would be built as an icon in Indonesia where the local engineers and experts would play their dominant role in the construction.

He explained that the bridge would be built in an integrated zone, covering the provinces of Lampung and Banten.

Therefore the governments of the two provinces have decided the area as Sunda Strait Infrastructure and Strategic Zone (KSISS), and each province has set several strategic areas for tourism and industry.

Further, he said the government had expressed hope that the presence of Sunda strait bridge would speed up regional development in the two provinces.

"Thus, KSISS is actually part of Master plan on ASEAN connectivity and expected to be a new road with international quality standard," Hatta said.

Meanwhile, Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto said his ministry had conducted the bridge project`s feasibility studies concerning the wind, geological and volcanological aspects.

"We have involved foreign experts. Viewed from technical matter, the bridge is financially, economically and environmentally feasible," Djoko stated.