Tuesday, 3 June 2014


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)

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