The Minister of Public Works Djoko Kirmanto was pessimistic that the Trans Sumatra Toll Road project could be realized during the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono because PT Hutama Karya [PerseroJ as BUMN which was supposed to undertake the 2,700 km toll road project was still waiting for the green light for permit.
However, Djoko said that he was proposing the President to issue a Presidential Regulation [PerpresJ which assigned BUMN to run this toll road project. "The Perpres is being forwarded to be signed by the present Government," Djoko told the press on the occasion of inaugurating a number of echelon I officials at the Ministry in Jakarta on Friday [9/5].
The Perpres would serve as underlying requirements in appointing the BUMN who would run the project. "The Perpres is only a guideline in appointing the BUMN who would undertake the project, not the appointment procedure itself," Djoko clarified.
As the issuance of Perpres was still in process, Djoko was not in a position to start the project this year, even appointment of BUMN was most unlikely to be done in President SBY's administration. "It is very unlikely, not even to appoint the undertaker, even the land is not there," Djoko stated.
Furthermore Djoko disclosed that appointment of project executor was exercised by the Ministry of PU, but there were proposals that appointment be done at higher level, which was Perpres. "If the Law said it should be the Minister of Public Works it's because he is responsible. But there were recommendations it should be commanded by higher level for support of other institutions and that's no problem. What matters is that the appointed contractor is the right one. Perpres would sort it out" Djoko concluded. (SS)
Business New - May 14, 2014