Minister requests 19 state firms to build toll roads

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Minister for State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Dahlan Iskan has requested 19 state-owned companies to cooperate in the construction of toll roads that will stretch along the coastal areas from Jakarta to East Java.

"For the first stage, we urge state companies involved to conduct feasibility studies to be completed in six months," said the minister after the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the preparations for toll road construction projects on Wednesday.

The 19 state-owned companies are PT Jasa Marga, PT Adhi Karya, PT Waskita Karya, PT Wijaya Karya, PT Hutama Karya, PT Pembangunan Perumahan (PP), PT Brantas Abipraya, PT Nindya Karya, PT Istaka Karya, PT Pelindo II, PT Pelindo III, PT Semen Indonesia, PT Krakatau Steel, PT Bank Mandiri, PT Bank BNI, PT Bank BRI, PT Bank BTN, PT Jamsostek, and PT Taspen.

The minister said the cost and technical details of the construction of the toll roads cannot be revealed to the public yet because the project is still under feasibility study planning.

"It is still in the form of a memorandum of understanding where the state companies are expected to work together in the construction of the toll roads from Jakarta to Surabaya," Dahlan said.

He added that the ability of state companies to build the 12.7-km toll road in Bali could serve as a momentum for them to build similar toll roads on Java island.(*)