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20 May 2015

Indonesia’s Trans-Papua road gets priority to support National Games

First published14/05/2015
Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo has vowed to complete the Trans-Papua Highway by 2019, two years later than previously scheduled.

Work on the seven-year old project has been dogged by difficulties, including transporting construction equipment and material around the mountainous province on the island of New Guinea, the Jakarta Post newspaper reported

The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing said it will spend around $4.36 billion this year on infrastructure nationally. This will include rehabilitation of 1,965km of roads, upgrading of another 2,000km, construction of nearly 500km of roads and building around 40km of highways.

The federal government is giving special attention to the province on the Papua whose capital city Jayapura will host the 2020 National Games. Papua is Indonesia’s largest and easternmost province, comprises the western half of the island of New Guinea and nearby islands. Papua province is bordered by Indonesia’s West Papua province to the west and the nation of Papua New Guinea to the east.

The administration of Papua Province, Indonesia will receive $455.5 million from the central government this year to finance infrastructure work, including the Trans Papua highway and construction of a 50,000-seat stadium for the National Games in Jayapura, a city of nearly 260,000.

Work has started on Jayapura’s Holtekam-Hamadi flyover project to link the districts of Muara Tami and South Jayapura at a cost of nearly $114 million. The project consists of construction of a 342m connecting bridge, a 400m flyover and a 1.32km access road. Work is expected to be completed by 2018.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Bali province – which last year lost out to Papua to host the Games -- is looking for China-based investors to undertake a toll road project linking Gilimanuk and Denpasar. The cost is expected to be nearly $2.3 billion.
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