Infrastructure development not only in Java Island: minister

Curug, Banten, (ANTARA News) - The government assured that development of infrastructures, especially toll roads, in the country would not only be focused in Java Island but also in the eastern Indonesia region.

"Development of infrastructures would not only be in Java, but also in some other regions, for equal distribution (of development)," Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on the sideline of a national dialogue here on Sunday.

Development of infrastructures is aimed at improving connectivity and equality to ease distribution of goods and commodity, thus it could be cheaper and affordable for the public.

Sumadi said, during 2015 to 2018 the government has built 1.070 kilometers of toll road in West Papua and 3,106 kilometers toll road in Papua.

"Development of toll roads in Papua and West Papua would be continued to open connectivity," he said.

By the end of 2018 the government has completed construction of 870 kilometers of Trans Java toll road of Merak-Surabaya section and it is targeted to complete construction of 1,150 kilometers of Merak-Banyuwangi toll road in 2019.

The minister said, infrastructure development has become one of the governments priority.

During the dialogue, the minister has conveyed progress in development of land, sea and air infrastructure as well as macro economy.

Source: Antara News

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