SUKABUMI REGENCY-President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated 15.35 kilometers (km) of Ciawi-Sukabumi Section 1 Toll Road from Ciawi to Cigombong Bogor on Saturday (1/12).
In his remarks the President of the Republic of Indonesia said that with the inauguration of the Bocimi toll road, it could break traffic jams towards Sukabumi and vice versa, considering that the normal travel time could reach 5 hours and even 7 hours.
"The construction of this toll road has been established in 1997, it has been replaced several times by investors, I cannot calculate why it must take 21 years to start, in 2015 we negotiated to be taken over, negotiations were taken so hard, new in 2016 it was really implemented with land acquisition only being able to begin, "he explained.
The President hopes that the existence of Tol Bocimi can help the economic development of surrounding communities, especially in tourist destinations.
Meanwhile the Deputy Regent of Sukabumi H. Adjo Sardjono who was present at the event expressed his gratitude for the inauguration of the Ciawi-Sukabumi Police Section one.
"Earlier, we witnessed the inauguration of the Ciawi-Cigombong toll road. Of course we, on behalf of Sukabumi residents, expressed our gratitude, at least the trip from Sukabumi, both districts and cities to Jakarta or Ciawi could save 1 or 2 hours, because of Cicurug to Ciawi usually takes 1 to 1.5 hours, now Cicurug-Ciawi is enough to take only 1/4 hours, "he explained.
The Vice Regent hopes that the next section, namely Cigombong-Cibadak, Sukabumi barat - Sukabumi Timur, can continue to run according to plan and be given fluency.
"Earlier we also heard the exposures from Director General Binamarga, the plan until later Cigombong-Cibadak will be inaugurated in 2020, west Sukabumi - east Sukabumi even further up to Cianjur-Ciranjang in 2021. Regarding double tracks, the President said that the project will be completed in 2020, as well as airports starting in 2019 will begin, "he said.