TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Semarang-Demak Toll Road project will begin physical construction this year. The contractor for the Rp15.3-trillion project had been decided through an auction some time ago.
"We are now disseminating the project's location. We must not ignore the people, and the people must not insist on their own demands—we have to establish communication," Central Java secretary Tengah Sri Puryono said in Semarang, Monday, June 10.
Sri Puyono said that the 27-kilometer toll road will be integrated with a sea dike at the northern beach of Semarang City, all the way until the Sayung River at Demak Regency.
Sri added that physical construction has not started yet because there are revisions regarding the project's location. The toll road project intersects with the area's zoning plans—thus an agreement with the people is required.
Residents of Sayung district in Demak Regency would be affected by the plan.
"We are communicating the land acquisition plan," Sri Puryono said.
The Semarang-Demak Toll Road is expected to increase accessibility and road network in the northern parts of Java. Sometime ago, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said that the first toll project to be done would be the Solo–Yogyakarta route in Central Java.