Sragen, Central Java, ABIM(24/7/2023) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), accompanied by Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono and Governor of Central Java (Central Java) Ganjar Pranowo, reviewed the handling of the Surakarta – Geyer – Purwodadi road section, Kalijambe District, Sragen Regency on Sunday (7/23). This road is a logistics route with provincial road status, and it is managed by the PUPR Ministry in accordance with Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 3 of 2023 on Accelerating Regional route Connectivity.
President Jokowi stated that the Surakarta-Geyer-Purwodadi toll road was severely damaged and needed to be repaired by the PUPR Ministry. “Especially for this road, which I’ve been passing every day since I was a kid, it’s never been good.” However, if the construction is done today, it will be twice as expensive, but the utilization will last for more than ten years. (So) we calculate that it is cheaper in the long term. “The short term is more expensive,” President Jokowi added.
President Jokowi also stated that the Presidential Decree on Regional Roads is a fiscal instrument generated from the State Budget to enhance the condition of regional roads around the country, such as provincial roads and regency/city highways.
We want to speed up the handling of damaged regional roads, both provincial roads and district/city roads throughout the country. We have budgeted Rp 7.4 trillion for phase I and around Rp 7.2 trillion for Phase II for 2023,” President Jokowi said.
Minister Basuki said that the handling of regional roads through Presidential Instruction 3/2023 in Central Java Province covered 25 road sections along 157 km with a value of around IDR 601.7 billion.
Minister Basuki said that for the repair of the 59 km Surakarta-Geyer-Purwodadi Road, 8.7 km of damaged roads had already been worked on by the PUPR Ministry before the Regional Roads Instruction was issued. So that the rest will be handled through the Regional Road Instruction.
“We will handle it and we will divide this section into 10 spots. Now the progress is 56%,” said Minister Basuki.
The Surakarta-Geyer-Purwodadi Section has been handled by the Ministry of PUPR through the Central Java – D.I Yogyakarta National Road Implementation Center (BBPJN), the Director General of Bina Marga since December 14 2022 with a contract value of IDR 97.4 billion with the implementing contractor PT Deltamarga Adyatama.
Sragen Regent Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati expressed his appreciation for the management of the Solo-Purwodadi Road, which runs through Sragen Regency. This road repair, according to Yuni Sukowati, will boost efficiency on logistics lines and access to tourism locations, particularly the Sangiran Archaeological Museum.
Present to accompany, Director General (Dirjen) of Bina Marga Hedy Rahadian, Expert Staff to the Minister of PUPR for Technology, Industry and Environment Endra S. Atmawidjaja, Director of Region 1 Preservation of Roads and Bridges Directorate General of Bina Marga Ministry of PUPR Nyoman Suaryana, Head of Central Java National Road Implementation Center (BBPJN) – D.I Yogyakarta Rien Marlia, and Head of Bengawan Solo River Basin Center (BBWS) Maryadi Utama.(ABIM)