Palembang: The South Sumatra provincial government has said that the construction of the proposed Bahtera Sriwijaya bridge is estimated to cost around Rp15 trillion.
According to The South Sumatra Public Works and Spatial Planning Agency Head Dharma Budi, the 13.5-kilometer brige is planned to connect Tanjung Tapak, Ogan Koemering Ilir, South Sumatra Province and Sebangin, South Bangka, Bangka Belitung Province.
Expected to be the longest bridge in Indonesia, the design of the Bahtera Sriwija bridge would be similar with the design of East Java Province's Suramadu bridge.
"South Sumatra Governor and Bangka Belitung Governor recently held a meeting with Minister of Public Works and Public Housing," said the South Sumatra official here on Friday.
If the project is fully realized, the bridge would significantly cut travel time from South Sumatra Province and Bangka Belitung to only around 45 minutes.
"We hope that the central government is willing to support the project. So, it can get National Strategic Project status. If the status is given, the central government will fund the project," the official explained.