Jakarta. Indonesia's urgent need for toll road infrastructure has prompted President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to order state-owned construction companies to complete several abandoned projects, confirming that he would step in if such projects were unduly delayed.
"The investors did not start with the work. We have given projects to private sector companies more than once. […] We give [the projects] to the private sector, but if they are not completed soon, we will take them over. The people need it," Jokowi said after an inspection at the Bogor-Ciawi-Sukabumi (Bocimi) toll road in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday (21/06).
According to an official statement by the State Palace, the president said the 54-kilometer Bocimi toll road has had four ground-breaking ceremonies since 1997.
However, the project has never been completed.
"Until now, not even a meter [of the road] has been built. So we will take it over, with section I of the project starting with 94.7 percent of the required land already procured. After completion, we will continue with sections II, III and IV," Jokowi said.
The president has appointed state-owned construction company Waskita Karya to complete the entire project by 2018.
"Waskita said it would be completed by 2019 but I told them it should be in 2018. Section I should be finished by 2017," Jokowi added.
The former Jakarta governor was accompanied by State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno and Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimuljono during the inspection.