Jakarta. The construction of an elevated toll road connecting Jakarta and Cikampek in Karawang, West Java, has been temporarily halted by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, after recent accidents at the sites of similar projects.
The toll road is now 24 percent complete.
State-owned toll road operator Jasa Marga, whose subsidiary Jasamarga Jalanlayang Cikampek (JJC) oversees the project, said the 38-kilometer road will be ready in 2019, and will ease traffic congestion in the region, which motorists have to pass on the way to Bandung.
"Before the government suspended all elevated projects, the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road was 24.48 complete," JJC chief executive Djoko Dwijono said at the construction site on Sunday (25/02).
Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimuljono announced last week that all elevated and heavy construction projects have been suspended for safety assessment.
According to Jasa Marga, however, on-ground works will continue. The company is also set to strengthen its safety procedures by implementing a "zero-accident" policy.
"We fully support the government's decision to halt some of the elevated construction projects. We're also re-evaluating our procedures, especially with regard to occupational health and safety," Jasa Marga chief executive Desi Arryani said.
Toll Road King
Jasa Marga is developing 755 kilometers of 16 toll roads, most of which are part of the Trans-Java Toll Road megaproject.
Among the projects is the 11-kilometer Bogor Outer Ring Road (BORR) in West Java, of which construction is resuming after a recent audit by the National Construction Safety Committee.
"We've passed the audit and construction resumed on Saturday," BORR project manager Ali Afandi said.
In 2016, Jasa Marga took over a 75-kilometer Batang-Semarang Toll Road project in Central Java, as previous developer, Bakrie Toll Road owned by tycoon-turned-politician Aburizal Bakrie, failed to finish it after a decade of works.
The road is going to be fully operational in June.
Jasa Marga is also developing the first toll road in Kalimantan, which will connect Balikpapan and Samarinda. The 99.35-kilometer road should be ready in December.
Writing by Amal Ganesha