President Joko Widodo inaugurated the operation of the Pasuruan-Probolinggo toll road on Wednesday, April 10 2019. The inauguration was held at the East Probolinggo toll gate, Sumber Kedaung Village, Leces District, Probolinggo, East Java.
With the existence of this toll road, the President believes that the mobility of people and goods will increase and be easy so that it can provide an economic boost for Probolinggo and East Java as a whole.
"We hope that with the passage of this toll road there will be goods mobility, people's mobility, faster logistical mobility. We also expect industrial estates, small industries, micro industries in fast-growing regions," said the Head of State.
The toll road construction process began in 2017 for an overall length of 45 kilometers. When the President was inaugurated today, three sections of the toll road with a length of 31.3 kilometers were ready to be operated.
The three sections are section I which links Grati-Tongas with a length of 13.5 kilometers, section II connects West Tongas-Probolinggo with a length of 6.9 kilometers, and section III that connects West Probolinggo-East Probolinggo along 10.9 kilometers.
The construction of this toll road makes Jakarta and Probolinggo connected to the 840 kilometer toll road. Whereas when calculated from Merak, the toll road stretches for 962 kilometers.
"If later from Merak to Banyuwangi it is 1,148 kilometers, which means less than 186 kilometers, Insyaallah will break in 2021. In the past there was Anyer-Panarukan done by Daendels, now there is Merak-Banyuwangi that the Minister of Public Works has done," said the President.
After the inauguration, the Head of State reiterated that the community, goods, and logistics will be increasingly connected with the construction of toll roads which are the priority programs of the governments of Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla. Connecting the community and goods and logistics will also further enhance and facilitate mobility so that it can reduce logistics costs. (biropers)