Sunday, 31 August 2008

Government eyes water transportation system

The government is inviting the private sector to assist it in developing an integrated system of river and railway-based transportation systems across the archipelago. We aim to develop a river transportation system by connecting rivers to rivers, rivers to a port, etc.," Dedy Supriadi Priatna, a deputy at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), said Wednesday in a seminar. "The government also plans to develop and manage an integrated system of land transportation and railway-based transportation and combine both systems with a river transportation system."
The water infrastructure development projects form parts of the 2005-2009 national infrastructure program which requires a massive US$65 billion in investment -- although none of the funds have been allocated to waterway projects.

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