Govt Plans to Build Underwater Toll Road Connecting New Capital City



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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Ministry representative on Monday said the government is planning to build an underwater toll road section connecting the Balikpapan-Samarinda toll to the new capital city (IKN), Nusantara, in East Kalimantan. 

    The PUPR Ministry’s Indonesia Toll Road Authority Chief Danang Parikesit on January 24 told Tempo, “Since the beginning the Director-General has wanted to utilize the best technology, which will also be used in the submersible crossing generally known as an underwater toll road.”

    However, according to Danang, the exact location of the tunnel has not been decided as it is still in the design phase from engineers. It will be announced once the detailed engineering design (DED) has been completed. 

    "There will be a section where it will connect to the new capital city, this location is where the toll road will cross the river using submersible structure technology,” he added. 

    The reason the underwater toll road design is chosen is because of environmental reasons, where the toll will pass critical protected areas. As this is still in its early stages, the government has yet to formulate the funding needed to construct this ambitious project related to the new capital city.

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