BANDUNG-Infrastructure development is a very basic need to be able to compete with other countries. Moreover, the stock of infrastructure in the country is still far behind compared to other countries, both roads, ports, airports and power plants. This statement was conveyed by President Joko Widodo when inaugurated Bakauheni-Bakauheni Toll Road segment of Bakauheni Port - Simpang Susun Bakauheni (8.9 kilometers) and segment of Simpang Susun Lematang - Simpang Susun Kotabaru (5.5 kilometers) in Bakauheni, South Lampung Regency on Sunday January 21, 2018.
Therefore, the President always targets the completion of infrastructure projects, such as Bakauheni - Terbanggi Besar toll road. "I want to encourage that from Bakauheni to Palembang can be completed before the Asian Games run," said the President.
Toll road is an example of infrastructure that can improve the competitiveness of a product because it speeds up the delivery process. In the absence of toll roads or supporting infrastructure, how a product can be transported from one place to another.
"If transportation costs are expensive, logistics is expensive, how can the product be cheap? Transportation can mean faster can be cheaper, "said the President.
Regarding Bakauheni toll road construction - Terbanggi Besar which is 140.9 kilometers and is the first toll road in Lampung Province, the President is optimistic that the toll road will be completed in June 2018, although there are still problems such as land acquisition.
"I asked to the Governor what could be completed the problem of land acquisition, 'God willing,' replied the Governor. The promise I wrote. Later if baseball finished land acquisition, I check the responsibility is in whom, obviously, "said the President.
On the occasion, the President gave appreciation to the central and regional governments, as well as state-owned enterprises that have synergized to build toll roads.
"Although there are so many who deliver, the calculations are still very small profits, the IRR is still small. But I convey this is a need that we can not delay, if we want to win in the competition, win in competition with other countries, "said the President.
The President also reminded that the construction of this toll road has not been completed and there are still many parts that need to be connected, and must continue to be built.
"I want all ministers to keep track of daily progress, so the quality is really good quality. And it can be felt directly by the community, "he said.
Bakauheni Toll Road - Terbanggi Besar is one of the national strategic projects that started three years ago and is part of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road built at a cost of Rp16.8 trillion. "One by one we finish, but most are still in the process of construction. Therefore, this segment is completed immediately I inaugurated to spur for other sections also soon be completed, "said President told reporters.
After the inauguration, the President tested the toll road using a white truck.
Also present was accompanying the President, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, SOE Minister Rini Soemarno, Moeldoko Presidential Chief of Staff and Lampung Governor Ridho Ficardo.