TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Yogyakarta’s public works and public housing (PUPR) together with the energy and mineral resources agency (ESDM) declared that Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono (HB) X never opposed toll road constructions in his region.
“The Governor never opposed the construction of toll roads in Yogyakarta, but there are four aspects that need attention,” said Hananto yesterday, Head of Yogyakarta’s PUPR ESDM agencies.
Hananto said that Sultan wants four prioritized aspects to be fulfilled before any toll road projects get established in his region by the central government.
Firstly, Sri Sultan expressed his intentions to preserve historical sites that might be passed by the toll road project and that he will defend the existence of numerous archeological sites. This follows a toll road project in East Java that accidentally passes an area of historical significance.
“Since day one he reminded to take care of the archeological sites,” said Hananto.
The Second note from the governor is that toll roads should take the least space over agricultural lands. The third aspect is that a toll road must benefit the people in Yogyakarta, “When it gets constructed, where would the exit gates be located at?” said Hananto.
Lastly, Sri Sultan does not want toll roads separating communities within society or create gaps within the Yogyakarta community.
PRIBADI WICAKSONO (CONTRIBUTOR)