West Tulangbawang: State-owned Enterprises (BUMN) Minister Rini M. Soemarno outlined that the Trans Sumatra Toll Road from Bakauheni, Lampung, to Kayu Agung, South Sumatra, is targeted for completion by August 2019.
"I target everything to be completed in August 2019, so that it is accessible to those keen to travel to Java or vice versa," Soemarno remarked in Tulangbawang Barat, Lampung Province, on Friday.
The minister admitted that the toll road from Bakauheni to Kayu Agung can, in fact, be used by the public, but some work had yet to be completed.
The minister reported that the turnpike will offer an option for motorists, as it will reduce the travel time as compared to using the Sumatra Cross Road.
"This toll road is part of the efforts to boost the flow of traffic. It is expected that the wider community would be able to benefit by using the road," he affirmed.
The work on the 140.9-kilometer road section of Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar has been completed and become operational, even from May 17, and drivers crossing it need to pay tariff, while the toll road section of Terbanggi Besar-Pematang Panggang-Kayu Agung, measuring 185 kilometers in length, is targeted for completion in August.
In the meantime, solid national economic growth was recorded at 5.07 percent (yoy) in the first quarter of 2019, pointing to maintained domestic economic performance despite retreating from 5.18 percent (yoy) in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Seasonal factors at the beginning of the year as well as the impact of weaker-than-expected global economic gains contributed to the moderate economic downturn in Indonesia.
Economic growth in the first quarter of 2019 was primarily driven by domestic demand on the back of consumption by non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) and households.
NPISH consumption growth accelerated to 16.93 percent (yoy) in the reporting period from 10.79 percent (yoy) in the three months to December 2018, buoyed by spending on preparations for the 2019 General Election.
Household consumption also remained solid as a consequence of controlled inflation, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, notwithstanding slight moderation from 5.08 percent (yoy) to 5.01 percent (yoy) in the first quarter of 2019. (Antara)