President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, recently marked a significant milestone by officially opening two sections of the Trans Sumatra toll road situated in the province of North Sumatra. These newly inaugurated sections are anticipated to significantly enhance connectivity across the region, facilitating smoother travel for both commuters and tourists alike.
In his address on Wednesday, Jokowi emphasized the importance of these toll road sections, stating, “This morning, we are pleased to inaugurate the Tebing Tinggi – Indrapura and Indrapura – Limapuluh toll sections.”
He provided insights into the infrastructure, highlighting that the Tebing Tinggi – Indrapura toll road spans 20.4 kilometers and required an investment of approximately Rp 3.06 trillion. Similarly, the Indrapura – Limapuluh toll road stretches over 15.6 kilometers, with a total investment of around Rp 1.67 trillion.
The strategic placement of these toll road sections is not merely about infrastructure development; it also holds immense potential for boosting tourism in the region, particularly around Lake Toba, one of Indonesia’s Super Priority Destinations. Jokowi expressed optimism about the positive impact on tourism, stating, “These toll road sections will enhance connectivity to the tourism sites around Lake Toba.”
Moreover, these toll roads are expected to streamline logistics operations, particularly to Kuala Tanjung port, and improve access to the Sei Mangkei Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
Jokowi underlined the broader economic benefits, stating, “We anticipate that these developments will stimulate economic growth in the region and beyond, fostering investment and job creation.”
Highlighting the broader implications of these infrastructure projects, Jokowi remarked that the improved connectivity would attract investments to North Sumatra, spur the establishment of new businesses, and generate employment opportunities for the local population. “We believe that these toll roads will serve as catalysts for economic development,” he added.
The inauguration ceremony, held at the Lima Puluh Toll Gate of the Indrapura-Kisaran Toll Road, was a testament to the government’s commitment to enhancing transportation infrastructure across the archipelago. Jokowi’s visit to North Sumatra, which included interactions with local communities and stakeholders, underscored the government’s dedication to grassroots development and inclusive growth.
Acting Governor of North Sumatra, Hassanudin, welcomed President Jokowi at Kualanamu Airport, highlighting the significance of the President’s visit in bolstering local morale and confidence in the government’s initiatives.
The President’s itinerary also included engagements with micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), underscoring the government’s focus on supporting entrepreneurship and economic empowerment at the grassroots level.
In conclusion, President Jokowi’s inauguration of the Trans Sumatra toll road sections represents a significant step forward in enhancing connectivity, stimulating economic growth, and promoting tourism in North Sumatra. With continued investments in infrastructure and strategic development initiatives, the region is poised for further progress and prosperity in the years to come.