Jakarta. The Ngawi-Kertosono toll road in East Java is set to be inaugurated by the end of this month and become fully operational in February, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing said in a statement released on Sunday (07/01).
The 87-kilometer toll road began development in 2012 and has been developed partially with funds from the state budget and by private company Ngawi Kertosono Jaya, a subsidiary of state-run toll road operator Jasa Marga.
"President Joko [Jokowi] Widodo has been informed and he will probably inaugurate the toll road," Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said in the statement.
The Ngawi-Kertosono toll road, worth Rp 3.83 trillion ($266 million), is part of the mega TransJava toll road project that will connect Merak, Banten to Banyuwangi, East Java, covering a distance of 1,167 kilometers.
On Saturday (06/01), the ministry held a toll-road festival before the project's inauguration, reportedly attracting up to 4,000 visitors.
"Ngawi-Kertosono will later connect with a toll road in Solo [Central Java] and the Mojokerto-Surabaya toll road. This will be realized by the end of 2018," Basuki said, adding that the government will complete the TransJava project in 2019 after it builds another 292-kilometer toll road stretching from Surabaya to Banyuwangi, East Java.
Drivers can expect to pay Rp 1,200 ($0.08) per kilometer on the Ngawi-Kertosono road.
By : Amal Ganesha