"I want all land acquisition for the Trans Java Toll completed by December 2016. At the very least it shouldn"t get in the way of the physical work, provided that the backup funds are available."
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Arief Kamaludin|KATADATA

The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing aims to complete all land acquisition for the Trans Java Toll project by the end of this year, in order to meet President Joko Widodo's goal to finish construction of the toll road by 2018.

Head of the Land Procurement Sub-directorate at the ministry's Directorate General of Highways, Herry Marzuki, said that all land for the Trans Java Toll could be acquired by the end of this year, provided that the backup funds are available. The land could not be purchased without these funds.

"I want all land acquisition for the Trans Java Toll completed by December 2016. At the very least it shouldn’t get in the way of the physical work, provided that the backup funds are available," he said on Thursday, 14/7. (Read: Transport Ministry Hopes Trans Java can Connect to PemalangNext Year)

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To finance the land acquisition, the government is relying on backup funds from the Toll Road Agency. The government will repay the funds with interest at the Bank Indonesia benchmark rate (BI Rate).

The IDR 10 trillion backup fund could increase as the budget for land acquisition for the Batang-Semarang section has been raised to IDR 2 trillion. As of July, total funds of some IDR 1.3 trillion had been disbursed.

According to Herry, of all the sections of the Trans Java toll road, the slowest progress in the land acquisition process has been on the Pemalang-Batang and Batang-Semarang sections. Most of the land for the other sections as far as Surabaya has been purchased.

He added that some IDR 5 trillion was needed to acquire land between East Brebes to Semarang, and only around 5.7 percent of the land acquisition process for Pejagan-PemalangSection III (East Brebes-Tegal) had been completed.

"Once I pay the IDR 164 billion, that will go up to 68 percent. I’m planning to pay IDR 54 billion this week, and the rest, perhaps early August."

The Pejagan-PemalangnSection IV will enter the appraisal phase next month. Currently, 79.47 percent of the land for this section has been acquired. (Read: Government to Take Over Stalled Toll Projects)

Meanwhile, 12.5 percent of the land acquisition process for the Pemalang-BatangSection I, and 20.88 percent for section II has been completed. For the Pemalang-Batang Section I, ten villages are being appraised. Once the land in the 10 villages has been paid for, the land acquisition process will be 73.5 percent complete.

The Ministry aims to pay for the land in the ten villages in August and September. "For Section I, I can acquire 8 kilometers by paying IDR 130 billion," he said.

As requested by the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, the Directorate General of Highways will focus on acquiring land for bridges, because bridge construction is a lengthy process.

On the Pemalang-Batang section, there are five bridges, including a 100-metre bridge crossing the Comal River. The other four bridges are in sections I and II, including a 20-metre bridge across the Seragi Lama River, a 100-metre bridge across the Baru Seragi River, a 70-metre bridge across the Surabaya River and a 60-metre bridge across the Kali Kucang River.

Meanwhile, the land acquisition process of the 74.14-km Batang-Semarang toll road is 38.34 percent complete.