Speaking to journalists after attending a limited cabinet meeting chaired by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) here, he stated that the Medan-Binjai part of the toll road project in North Sumatra province is apparently underway at the moment and will become operative in 2016.
Hadimuljono, who attended the meeting with other cabinet members and related government officials, spoke about the progress made in the Trans-Sumatra toll road project, including the Bakauheni-Tanjung Api-Api section.
"Of course, we cannot build (the entire toll road) at the same time," he remarked.
To support this construction project, the Presidential Decree Number 100/2014 on the Acceleration of Trans-Sumatra Toll Road Construction, which involves PT Hutama Karya in the plan, will be revised, the minister affirmed.
The revision is required to enable other state-owned enterprises to participate in the project. "The construction of the toll road cannot be handled by a single party, but requires other state companies to participate," he noted.
According to Hadimuljono, the sections of the Trans-Sumatra toll road that are currently under construction include the Medan-Binjai section, the Palembang-Indralaya section, the Bakauheni-Tanjung Api-Api section and the Pekanbaru-Dumai section.
The Pekanbaru-Dumai section is expected to begin functioning before 2018, he added.
(Reported by Hanni Sofia Soepardi/R013/INE/KR-BSR/F001)