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Construction of Bali's First Toll Way Poised to Start

Construction of Bali's First Toll Way to begin in November After Clearance in Hand from Environment Ministry.

(9/17/2011) The National News Agency Antara says PT Jasa Marga is scheduled to begin construction of the Serangan-Tanjung-Bali toll way in November 2011.

“The 10 kilometer long toll way, if there are no further obstacles, will commence construction in November of this year,” confirmed the Managing Director of PT Jasa Marga, Frans S. Sunito.

He went on to explain that that the consortium project between five state-owned companies valued at RP. 1.8 trillion (US$200 million) is only awaiting a final permit to be issued by the Minister of the Environment that will allow construction of the project over the protected mangrove areas of South Bali.

The project already holds the required permits from the President and strategic zoning permits.

Frans is concerned that if the project is not soon commenced it will not be ready in time for the APEC Summit scheduled in 2013.

The Jasa Marga official is confident that the elevated toll way will resolve the traffic congestion between Denpasar and Nusa Dua.

The chief of the National Toll Way Agency (BPJT), Ahmad Ghani Ghazali, confirmed to the press that that the last remaining step before construction of the toll way is the approval of the environmental impact study.

The consortium that will build the 10 kilometer toll way is comprised of PT Jasa Marga as the majority shareholder (60%), PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (20%), PT Angkasa Pura (10%) and the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (1%). Also holding minority shareholdings are PT Wijaya Karya (5%), PT Hutama Karya (2%) and PT Adhi Karya (2%) who have also won the tender to build the Serangan-Tanjung Benoa toll way.