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Over 63 percent of land for trans-Java toll road cleared Some 63.8 percent of land meant for the Indonesia's 658.6-kilometer Trans-Java toll road has been cleared, a senior public works official said.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 30 October 2014 20:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to develop trans-Sumatra toll road The Trans-Sumatra Toll Road Development Project will soon commence following the signing of the order by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY).

Posted in Infrastructure @ 19 September 2014 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cileunyi-Tasikmalaya toll road project to cost Rp 4 trillion Construction of the 70-kilometer Cileunyi-Tasikmalaya toll road in southern West Java will cost around Rp4 trillion, an official said. The toll road which will link the regencies of Bandung , Garut and Tasikmalaya will reduce traffic congestion in the southern part of West Java, head of the West Java regional development Deny Juanda said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 07 August 2014 10:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Indonesia should scrap fuel subsidy' A number of business associations have called on the government to entirely scrap the fuel subsidy, instead of limiting consumption of subsidized fuel types in certain areas, in a bid to avoid a swell in state spending.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2014 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Surabaya toll road plan must move forward: Minister State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan said the government`s plan to build toll roads, stretching from Jakarta to Surabaya in East Java, must move forward in spite of criticism from some quarters.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 October 2013 23:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President officially opens Bali toll road President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially opened the 12.7-km Bali toll road, spanning across Benoa Bay, at 4 pm local time on Monday. Apart from pressing a button to mark the official opening of the toll road, the president was the first person to pay the toll fare using the e-toll card.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2013 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police crack down on under-age motorists Jakarta police conducted a sweep operation in the national capital on Tuesday to identify and take action against under-age motorists. The head of the East Jakarta traffic police unit, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Supoyo, stated that the police had seized 35 motorcycles so far, which were being used by school students who were underage and did not have a license.

Posted in General @ 10 September 2013 20:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tightened at Tangerang toll road Police tighten security at several entry gates of Tangerang toll road and Soekarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang, Banten province, in connection with Mayday on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2013 11:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers called not to block Jakarta toll roads on May 1 Jakarta`s Metropolitan Police Command issued a call here on Tuesday for workers not to block toll roads during demonstration to mark Labor Day on May 1. "Police would strive to prevent that from happening," the command`s deputy chief, Brigadier General Sujarno, said.

Posted in Protests @ 23 April 2013 19:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali regional government becomes toll road shareholder The provincial government of Bali has formally become a shareholder in PT Jasa Marga Tol – the operator of the new toll road set to soon connect Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2013 02:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Water surface in several dams in the greater Jakarta alarming The water levels in a number of dams in the Greater Jakarta areas are alarming on Sunday following almost incessant rains over the past week.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2013 10:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Merak toll road reopened The Jakarta-Merak toll road at the Km 57-59 was reopened for traffic on Friday after it has been closed since Wednesday because of flood.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 January 2013 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Merak toll road flooded with up to one meter of water Flood has inundated the Jakarta-Merak toll road at a height of up to one meter following the overflowing of Ciujung River. From Km 57 to Km 59, the toll road is flooded at between 80 cm and one meter deep, Rahmatullah, a spokesman of PT Marga Mandala Sakti (MMS) said here on Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 January 2013 11:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'MRT, monorail, then deep tunnel' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated that he will implement development projects in the city one by one, starting from Mass Rapid Transportation (MRT), followed by Monorail, and then finally the deep tunnel.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2013 16:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll road projects in Dumai remains in the pipeline The government`s plan to build a 16.3 kilometer toll road between Dumai and Pekanbaru in Riau remained in the pipeline. There has been no concrete step taken toward construction of the toll road until the end of 2012, head of Dumai land office Wan Fahrizal Noor told ANTARA News here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism growth for Bali expected to moderate As reported by The Jakarta Post, Bali is targeting 3.1 million foreign tourist visitors in 2013, based on the belief that improvements in the island’s infrastructure will add to the island’s appeal.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 December 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three people dead after warehouse collapse Three people have been found dead while 40 others were believed to have been buried after a warehouse collapsed at Warehousing 88 Complex on Jalan Ir Sutami here on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 December 2012 20:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage to mangrove caused by highway construction to be repaired The contractors building the toll road connecting Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua (JDP) have publicly affirmed that they will repair any damage caused to the mangrove forest by the project.The contractors making the pledge are PT Wijaya Karya, PT Adhi Karya and PT Hutama Karya.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga: 'Bali toll road can not be halted' The spokesman for PT Jasa Marga – the consortium building the new Benoa – Ngurah Rai – Nusa Dua toll way has compared the road network in Bali to a patient suffering from coronary disease.

Posted in Economy @ 18 September 2012 10:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta - airport toll road flood causes traffic jam A Jakarta Traffic Police officer reported on Wednesday that some sections of the access road from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Jakarta was flooded, forcing one of three lanes of traffic to be closed.

Posted in Weather @ 04 April 2012 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Labor disputes must be settled thoroughly' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked for a thorough settlement of the workers` demand for pay rise without any remaining problems, Hatta Rajasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 February 2012 06:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds agreement over minimum wage for Bekasi The government has found a settlement over the dispute on minimum wage for Bekasi district that has caused a huge demonstration and blockade of a key toll road to and from Jakarta recently.

Posted in Economy @ 29 January 2012 01:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bekasi workers block Cikarang toll road Tens of thousands of Bekasi workers staged rallies on Friday, blocking the Jakarta - Cikarang toll road access to Bekasi from KM 21 to KM 26. Tens of thousands of road users are trapped on various locations in and around Bekasi because of the closures, that started just in the morning rush hour at about eight o'clock.

Posted in Protests @ 27 January 2012 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests 77 illegal Afghan asylum-seekers Indonesian authorities on Sunday arrested nearly 80 illegal Afghan immigrants at the rest area of a toll road near Jakarta, officials told a local news agency on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 09 January 2012 20:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police bust drug trafficking ring Jakarta police have busted a methamphetamine trafficking ring by arresting nine people who were about to distribute 16 kilograms of the drug in the capital.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 December 2011 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Moslem demonstrators protest construction of church Around 3,000 people from various Moslem organizations on Thursady staged a demonstration that blocked the Cikarang Barat toll road exit to protest the construction of a church.

Posted in Religion @ 29 December 2011 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Parliament passes land acquisition bill into law The House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on land acquisition for public interests into law at a plenary session here on Friday.

Posted in Polio @ 18 December 2011 01:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First Bali toll road project to start in two weeks The toll way connecting Benoa Harbor and Nusa Dua is scheduled to commence construction on December 21, 2011, with the project expected to be completed within 12 months thereafter.

Posted in Economy @ 04 December 2011 13:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga to construct first Bali toll road PT Jasa Marga has plans to construct the first toll road on the island of Bali. This toll road, with a planned length of 11 kilometers, will partially be constructed above the sea to ease traffic in the area between Denpasar and Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 05 November 2011 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger bus rolls over in West Java, killing five At least five people were killed on Friday when a passenger bus rolled over in the West Java province of Indonesia, local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 June 2011 06:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia announces $22 billion in infrastructure projects The government of Indonesia on Friday announced 17 new infrastructure projects worth Rp.190 trillion ($22.23 billion).

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheap food? To Yogyakarta! Since I lived in Yogyakarta for some two years - yes I do see this as a privilege because most people are not able to do it, thus missing a lot of the real atmosphere of the city, I didn't always keep in mind the fact that Yogyakarta is in fact fairly cheap in several areas of business.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 February 2011 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Road near Sidoarjo mud flow to be raised The main thoroughfare in Porong, closed several times already because of mud from the mud volcano nearby, will be raised with some 80 centimeters to avoid future problems with mud flowing onto the road. A stretch of road with a length of one kilometer will be raised as soon as possible.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 May 2010 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Pejagan - Pemalang to start in 2010 After years of negotiating, the construction of the Pejagan-Pemalang has finally reached an important milestone. Construction of the the 57,5 kilometer long toll road will start early 2010 after funds to purchase all land needed to construct the toll road are finally ready. The total cost of buying the land from the current owners is estimated at 114 billion Rupiah (8.6 million euro).

Posted in Economy @ 19 December 2009 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting along the toll road It is half past ten in the evening and the DAMRI bus that left the Kampung Rambutan bus terminal around half past seven in the evening has stopped and is on the emergency lane of the toll road between Jakarta and Bandung. Just short of three hours of traveling in the direction of Cilacap and engine problems already forced us to stop. What the exact problem is, is not known. There are bottles of water and the driver and kenek (from the Dutch word 'knecht', helper) are looking for a solution.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2009 15:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Back to Yogya: twelve hours by bus How to get to Yogyakarta? Of course the plane is a good solution from Jakarta, but we didn't want to. My plan was to catch the bus in the morning, so we would arrive in Yogya in the evening, but as we found out there were no morning buses departing for Yogya from Cikarang, so we just took the bus departing in the evening, because we wanted to go to Yogya anyway.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll Soekarno-Hatta to Cikarang: +500 Rupiah However tariffs of toll roads throughout many parts of Java and parts of Sumatra and Sulawesi have indeed been increased late last month, price hikes are not as drastic as they were first portrayed. Most users will hardly have any increase at all, since tariffs for higher road classes were among those increased most. This means that an entire Indonesian family stuffed in one oversized SUV still pays almost nothing to use the toll roads.

Posted in Travel @ 08 October 2009 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher toll road tariffs from tomorrow Starting tomorrow, higher tariffs of toll roads will become effective. The first increase in two years - according to laws that allow price increases once every two years to correct for inflation and increased operational costs - will be some 30 percent. A price hike was planned for earlier this month, but because of the Ramadan month of fasting and the following busy travel period, the increase was delayed.

Posted in Economy @ 27 September 2009 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor toll road tested by public A stretch of new toll road which will later become part of the Bogor Outer Toll Road has been opened for testing by the public. The four kilometers of new toll road start at Sentul Selatan and ends at Kedung Halang in Bogor. Until September 24, users of the new toll road can use the road for free.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2009 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #3 This time indeed no picture of Indonesian nature, but a building project that has never been finished. The picture was a part of a concrete pillar which eventually should have become an elevated toll road. That highway was never constructed and these pillars are lost in the landscape along Kali Malang in the regency of Bekasi, directly east of Jakarta. To view the picture in our new large format, please visit the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 17 September 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buka botol in B.A.T.S. It was a regular Friday night on which my girlfriend and I decided to go clubbing. Not that same night because that would mean we had to hurry to go out, something that is not really beneficial and something I don't want to do at all. So not tonight, but the next night, the malam minggu (the evening before Sunday, so Saturday night) we would go to Jakarta.

Posted in Nightlife @ 16 September 2009 12:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


View CCTV camera's monitoring mudik The Department of Communication has launched a website where you can peek along with 21 camera's. These camera's are placed in strategic positions along highways and main roads of western Java to keep an eye at the traffic in the coming two weeks. An estimated 16 million people will hit the roads to find their way home to celebrate the end of the Ramadan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 September 2009 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


27 million people on the move on aging infrastructure The Ministry of Transportation has said that it expected that more than 27 million people will hit the roads to be with their families during the upcoming Idul Fitri period later this month. Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister of Transport, told that it was expected that some 16.3 million people would take public transport and planes, while 11 million others would use private vehicles.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 September 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods in Jakarta after heavy rainstorms Heavy rainstorms have hit the greater Jakarta area overnight. Rain started to fall down from around 20.00 local time yesterday evening and did not stop until the early hours of today. Rain of this intensity and length is rare, since it is in the middle of the dry season in the area. The heavy rains caused some streets to flood immediately.

Posted in Weather @ 02 September 2009 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll on Indonesia's highways to increase The state roll road management agency in Indonesia (BPJT) has announced that three of the largest toll road operators in the country have asked to be allowed to increase their tolls with some 12 to 19 percent this year. Toll rates are allowed to rise every two years. If the agency agrees with the new prices, they will come into effect as soon as September 4, 2009.

Posted in Economy @ 27 August 2009 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests over land acquisition Semarang - Solo toll road Acquisition of land needed for the construction of the Semarang - Solo toll road in the village of Sarono in the Kalirejo subdistrict in Central Java, has lead to protests of local residents. Six of them refuse to agree to a payment scheme. One of the residents, Benny, told that he would not agree with a payment of just 500.000 Rupiah (36 euro) per square meter, because that was too little.

Posted in Protests @ 30 July 2009 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Two killed in explosion at Jakarta toll gate A car bomb has exploded near a shopping complex in the north of the Indonesian capital Jakarta more than two hours after two luxury hotels in the city-centre were bombed, police have told local radio. Two people were killed in this explosion.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 July 2009 06:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus with vice-president breaks down on Jakarta toll road A Blue Star bus with on board vice-president Jusuf Kalla broke down on the Cakung-Cilincing toll road. Directly after the breakdown, Kalla was brought to another vehicle to continue his journey. The bus also transported the minister of Public Works, Joko Kirmanto, the minister of Public Housing, Yusuf Asy'ari and a number of people of the presidential guard and other people from the two departments.

Posted in General @ 18 May 2009 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


250 million Euro needed for construction Cisumdawu tollroad The West Java government needs some 3400 billion Rupiah (250 million euro) to build the Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan (Cisumdawu) toll road. When the toll road is finally constructed, it will not only ease traffic on the route Bandung - Cireon, but also integrate the Trans Jawa highway from Cikampek to Palimanan.

Posted in General @ 10 March 2009 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of young woman found in suitcase along toll road A naked body of a young woman was found in a suitcase along the Wiyoto Wiyono toll road in Jakarta. The body shows a number of injuries, so it is assumed that the woman as murdered. Especially the head of the victim is heavily injured. The body was later today identified as Debi, which was from Aceh and had lived in Jakarta for the last seven years.

Posted in Crime @ 18 January 2009 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bus trip from Surabaya to Malang Sitting in a bus is not something that I do with the greatest love. However every once in a while I will still do something that I don't want to do every single day. After the flight from Yogyakarta to Surabaya in the early morning, I didn't reach my final destination for the day - by far. But fortunately I had already taken that into account when I booked the ticket. At that time I decided to use only public transport to find my way to Malang, which was my final destination for the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quicker opening of Jakarta airport toll road PT Jasa Marga will open an extra stretch of new toll road later this month. This is done to anticipate upcoming high tide and floods that usually hit the area as a result of this. The general director of Jasa Marga, Adityawarman, said that at the moment the stretch of new and elevated toll road has to be finished earlier than scheduled before. The stretch of toll road with a length of eight kilometers costs 600 billion Rupiah (40.5 million euro) to build.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2008 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysians run into massive bureaucracy for toll road construction Initial approaches by a group of Malaysian investors to build a number of toll road projects in Bali may have come to a sudden halt due to regulatory and bureaucratic restrictions. Tempo Interaktif reports that the plan of Malaysia Datuk Khalid, the husband of singing star Siti Nurhaliza, to build and operate toll roads connecting Sanur beach - Tanjung Benoa and Ngurah Rai Airport - Nusa Dua has run afoul due to procedural rules governing such a project.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2008 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Straight through the 'Big Durian' by car What is the fastest way to get from the north of Jakarta to somewhere in the southern part of the city? That is a question which is hard to answer for a city like Jakarta. With some 15 million residents and several hundreds of square kilometers of city it often is such a big unorganized situation that you will not be able to just go somewhere to buy groceries or to pick someone up.

Posted in Travel @ 18 June 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian investors ready to build Bali toll road Gridcomm Shd. Bhd. and Isyoda Corporation Berhad, two investors from Malaysia have offered to build the toll road between Denpasar and Nusa Dua with a value of some 4.1 trillion Rupiah (286 million euro). Head of a regional government institution said that there was a big need for this toll road, which should be build to ease the traffic congestion in the area, mainly around the international airport of the island.

Posted in Economy @ 12 June 2008 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World Bank warns very high Jakarta of tidal floods The World Bank has warned that northern Jakarta might be hit by tidal flooding next week as the sea level will rise by up to 1.21 meters. The head of infrastructure division of the bank Hongjoo Hahm said that tidal water, predicted to peak at 9:47 p.m. on June 3 and 10:24 p.m. on June 4, would hit coastal areas in north Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 June 2008 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit big parts of Jakarta A number areas in Jakarta has been flooded after heavy rains that started this morning. In Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta the water reached up to half a meter and at some distance from that location, water reaches 70 centimeters. Roads are completely blocked and cause gigantic traffic jams. The Permata Hijau housing complex in Southern Jakarta was flooded with some 40 centimeters of water.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 February 2008 11:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Accessroad Soekarno-Hatta Airport flooded, flights delayed More than 30 scheduled domestic flights from Soekarno-Hatta international airport west of Jakarta were delayed today. This was caused by the fact that most passengers showed up late to board their plane because the main toll road to the airport was flooded by seawater due to high tides.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 November 2007 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia privatises part of toll road company The Indonesian government is selling a 30 percent stake in PT Jasa Marga, the leading state toll road operator, at an IPO targeted at the top of the range to raise some 267 million euro. This makes it the fourth largest IPO in Indonesia since the Asian financial crisis in 1997-1998. The deal is the second sale of an Indonesian government owned company this year. Earlier PT Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) had raised some 537 million euro, of which 43 percent went to the state coffers. The sale cut the government’s stake in BNI from 99.1% to about 73%.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2007 01:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 2007 growth seen strongest in 11 years The economy of Indonesia is likely to expand 6.1 percent this year, its fastest pace in 11 years, with growth further accelerating in 2008, helped by relatively low interest rates and strong commodity exports, a poll showed. The full-year growth forecast for Southeast Asia’s biggest economy matched the estimate of a similar quarterly poll conducted in June, but analysts revised up their outlook for 2008 to 6.45 percent from 6.40 percent previously.

Posted in Economy @ 27 September 2007 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Loss from mudflow estimated at 2,6 billion euro The National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) has made an estimation concerning the losses caused by the mud flow from Lapindo in Sidoarjo, East Java. The total cost is now estimated at 27.4 trillion Rupiah (2,6 billion euro), 11,0 trillion Rupiah (909 million euro) in direct and 16,4 trillion Rupiah (1,7 billion euro) in indirect losses. This is the result before a preliminary assessment report will come out next Wednesday, when the figure may be put as high as 44,7 trillion Rupiah (3,7 billion euro).

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 April 2007 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Permanent mud flow team set up The government has set up a permanent team to help communities affected by the mud flow that has swamped entire villages in East Java. A spokesman of President Yudhoyono announced this on Tuesday. Toll roads, railway tracks and factories have been submerged and over 15,000 people are displaced since May last year when the mud started flowing from a 'mud volcano', following a drilling accident in Sidoarjo, near Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 April 2007 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina shuts off gas lines near mud volcano State oil and gas company Pertamina has shut off gas lines near the Sidoarjo mud volcano after the main railway link and toll road were flooded with hot mud again. The steaming crater, located near the second-largest city in the country, Surabaya, first began spewing mud in May last year after a failed exploratory gas drilling at the site.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 March 2007 16:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods strike Jakarta, West Java, thousands stranded Torrential rain triggered floods in the capital, Jakarta, on Friday, blocking roads and trapping residents in their homes as torrents of muddy water reached a depth of 2m, police and witnesses said. Floods during the rainy season in Indonesia are common, but the heavy rains this week have caused chaos on roads and shut some train lines around Jakarta, police said.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2007 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia gas pipe blast hits 13 A 43-year-old man died on Sunday from injuries sustained after a gas pipeline explosion in Java island last month, taking the toll from the disaster to 13, media reports said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 December 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast reaches 12 A man died late on Wednesday after suffering injuries from last week's gas pipeline explosion in the Indonesian area swamped by a devastating mudflow, pushing the incident's death toll to 12, a doctor said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 December 2006 05:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power line breaks, causes accident on Cipularang highway Traffic at the Cipularang toll road came to a grinding hold on Friday evening when a high-voltage power cable (Saluran Udara Tegangan Ekstra Tinggi, SUTET), which crossed the road here, broke of and came down in the Sadang area, district of Purwakarta. The cable just missed the cars on the road below. After the cable broke, several small accidents occured. Three cars were damaged and two people were reported to have injuries. The power cable broke around 19.00 local time (WIB), in the middle of the busy time directly after Ramadhan month of fasting.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 October 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to sell up to 10 state firms The Indonesian government is likely to sell up to 10 state-owned enterprises next year in its major privatization drive, which seeks to cut state losses from inefficient and subsidy-reliant state firms, an official said Monday. The government has named six to 10 companies ready for privatization next year. "We are awaiting a presidential decree on the establishment of the privatization team," said Said Didu, secretary for the minister for state-owned enterprises.

Posted in Economy @ 26 September 2006 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No end in sight to Sidoarjo mudflow Hot mud that has been flowing from a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, since May 29 breached a dam Thursday morning, forcing thousands of more people from their homes. Later in the day Vice President Jusuf Kalla led an emergency meeting to discuss the continuing environmental and human disaster.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers heading for holiday trip killed in crash At least seven people were killed and 15 others severely injured when a speeding truck lost control and smashed into a bus coming from the opposite direction at kilometer 31.5 of the Jakarta-Merak toll road in Cikupa, Tangerang, on Saturday morning. Bodies of the dead were sent to the Tangerang General Hospital morgue, while the injured passengers were rushed to the Al-Qadr Hospital in Karawaci, Tangerang.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 December 2005 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to raise transportation tariffs Indonesian Minister of Transportation Hatta Rajasa said on Tuesday that land and sea transport tariffs would be raised by an average of between 10 and 20 percent. "The tariff increase will be much lower than 40 percent proposed by the Association of Land Transportation Operators," Hatta was quoted by the Antara news agency as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 25 August 2005 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Starbucks will open two new outlets in Jakarta Indonesia's PT Sari Coffee, a unit of listed PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, will open two Starbucks outlets later this month in Jakarta, an official with Sari Coffee said Tuesday. Sari Coffee will open an outlet at a new upmarket shopping mall in the southern Jakarta satellite town of Pondok Indah, and open its first drive-through store along the busy Jakarta-Cikarang toll road, said Kiki Soewarso, the company's public relations manager.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2005 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga to close airport toll gate Beginning at midnight on Sunday, toll operator Jasa Marga will close one of the three toll gates on the Cengkareng airport toll road. "This policy is meant to improve services on the toll road and increase its capacity," Jasa Marga executive Septerianto was quoted as saying by Antara on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to put airport, railway projects to tender As a follow-up to January's Infrastructure Summit, the Indonesian government is slated to open bidding for two airport and one railway projects worth some 4.24 trillion rupiah (3.54 billion Euro) in June, a local newspaper said Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2005 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Yudhoyono urges Australian companies to invest Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono used his first visit to Australia to pitch for companies to invest in the $22.4 billion of toll roads, power utilities and other infrastructure projects being built in his country. Infrastructure development is ``a top priority for my government economic program,'' Yudhoyono told business leaders at a breakfast in Sydney today. ``There are plenty of new investment opportunities that haven't been fully harnessed.''

Posted in Economy @ 05 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to reduce taxation on companies Indonesia plans to cut its corporate tax rate starting next year to spur investment and growth, said Aburizal Bakrie, the coordinating minister for economic affairs. The tax rate will be cut to 25 percent from 30 percent over a period of five years, starting with a one percentage-point reduction in 2005, Bakrie said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta roads offer freedom for F1 wannabes Neither the traffic or the potholes can stop some Jakartans from speeding, and with the police turning a blind eye to the problem speeding motorists have turned some roads in the capital into their own private race tracks. Of the 295,003 tickets issued by the Jakarta Police from January to July, surprisingly not a single one was for speeding. The highway patrol can often be seen cruising along the toll roads, but they are also seemingly uninterested in citing speeding drivers.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien Rais officially joins presidential race Indonesia's Consultative Assembly Chairman Amien Rais on Sunday officially announced he will run in the July 5 presidential elections pledging to work for a strong and clean government. Rais, who also head the National Mandate Party (PAN) which placed seventh in the April 5 legislative election with 6.4 per cent of the vote, will run with the head of the country's farmer's association, Siswono Yudhohusodo, as his vice presidential candidate, his office said.

Posted in Elections @ 10 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local phone rates to rise by up to 28% Independent experts criticized on Wednesday the government's decision to allow the country's fixed-line operators to raise local telephone rates by up to 28 percent. Sudaryatmo of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) said "the government is not sensitive enough to realize that the phone rates hike will simply be another burden on the public." "The government should first carry out a study into the public's capability to pay the higher rates in relation to their incomes, before allowing the phone rate hike," he told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus, railway stations crammed as holiday nears With just three full days before the kick off of Idul Fitri celebrations on Nov. 25, thousands of migrants living in Jakarta began to overstretch the limits of the airport, seaports, bus terminals and train stations, not to mention the main highways leading out of town to Central Java and East Java, as they rushed to get back to their hometowns in time for the holidays.

Posted in Ramadan @ 21 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Jawa bus pileup kills 54 The death toll from a school bus crash reached 54 Thursday and police said they had launched a search for a truck driver accused of causing one of the country's worst road accidents this year. A bus full of high students was returning late Wednesday from a trip to Bali when a semi-trailer veered into its lane and crashed head-on into it, police said. A second truck then smashed into the back of the bus on the busy highway near Situbondo, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One eviction, thousands homeless More than 1,000 people became homeless in a forced eviction on Thursday at a 15-hectare plot of land in Tanjung Duren Selatan subdistrict, West Jakarta. The eviction caused massive traffic jams along the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road, Jl. S. Parman and roads surrounding Mal Taman Anggrek as "illegal" occupants blocked the access to their neighborhood by burning tires on the toll road and feeder roads.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic and ground transportation have become major headaches for residents of Jakarta. The city administration has failed to deal with the chaotic traffic that clogs the capital's streets, and an integrated transportation system offering safe and fast mass rapid transit remains but a dream. The Jakarta Post's Soeryo Winoto discussed the issue with Jakarta-based urban transportation expert Djamester Simarmata.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 November 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five people killed after bus hits truck Five people were killed and 11 others injured after a bus hit a truck on the Gempol toll road, some 30 kilometers from the East Java capital of Surabaya, early on Sunday, Antara reported. An eyewitness said the accident occurred after the truck, carrying a load of ammonia, slammed on its brakes suddenly. The bus, which was behind the truck, went out of control and the driver couldn't avoid the accident, he said.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut exits Jakarta toll road Jakarta motorists will no longer be able to bitch that toll road profits are going into the pockets of former president Suharto’s eldest daughter Siti Hardiyanti ‘Tutut’ Rukmana. She’s sold her last remaining stake in lucrative toll road operator PT Citra Marga Nusaphala Persada (CMNP), the Bisnis Indonesia daily reported Wednesday (24/7/02). CMNP operates Jakarta’s Cawang-Tanjung Priok-Pluit toll road, which stretches for 30 kilometers and reportedly rakes in about $40 million a year.

Posted in General @ 25 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane crashes on toll road, pilot killed A small single-engine plane made a crash landing on the Jagorawi toll road, only hundreds of meters from the Cililitan toll gate in East Jakarta, killing the pilot and injuring the three passengers, including an Australian, and two motorists. The pilot, Brig. Gen. Bakat Purwanto, 47, was dead on arrival at the Indonesian Christian University (UKI) Hospital. The three other people on board were Michael Watson, a 58-year-old Australian police officer, Andreas Tanus, 49, who is a local consultant, and his six-year-old son, Matthew Tanus. "I had been flying many times with Pak Bakat ... Today, we just wanted to look around the city," Watson, who was a friend of the pilot, told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three die in toll road accident Three people were killed instantly, four suffered serious injuries and two others were slightly wounded in an accident that occurred on the Jakarta-Merak toll road in Cikupa, Tangerang, on Sunday evening. Tangerang Traffic Police chief Insp. Sudarmanto told the media on Monday that the fatal accident began as Abdullah, the driver of an Isuzu Panther minivan carrying 10 passengers from Jakarta, lost control. The driver may have been drowsy, such that his vehicle zigzagged, then hit the fence on the median and crossed over to the highway carrying vehicles in the opposite direction. At the same time, an Isuzu Panther minitruck heading to Jakarta appearedand a collision was inevitable. The minivan then skidded into the gutter.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The residents of Banjarsari hamlet in Cilandak Barat subdistrict, South Jakarta, are among the handful of Jakartans who pay serious attention to their environment. Unlike many other places in the heavily polluted capital, Banjarsari, located near the Jl. TB Simatupang toll road and Jl. RS Fatmawati, is green and clean.

Posted in Environment @ 03 June 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy downpour brings anguish for Jakartans Heavy rains continued in parts of greater Jakarta on Monday, adding to the misery of thousands of residents already suffering from massive flooding for the past week, reports said.

Posted in Weather @ 04 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta halts activities People in Jakarta halted their activities on Saturday following an overnight heavy downpour that triggered massive flooding, including at city's protocol roads.

Posted in Flooding @ 02 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This year we have still to see the worst of the floods. Former state minister for the environment and professor in business ethics Sonny Keraf, who served in the Cabinet of former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, shares his views on environmental policy with The Jakarta Post contributor Dwi Iswandono. . Question: What is your comment on the recent floods? . Answer: The floods have been caused by human behavior. The root of this disaster is morality, as displayed in the form of bad practice in government, private enterprise and society. Such actions have ignored all the regulations we made to safeguard the environment.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you think flooding in Jakarta is a new phenomenon you couldn't be more wrong. For hundreds of years, perhaps even longer, the area where the capital is situated has been plagued by annual flooding.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods displace 18,000 people across Jakarta As many as 18,000 people were forced to flee on Thursday and Friday when floods struck their homes in various neighborhoods across Jakarta on Friday. Three days of incessant rain in the capital combined with floods in Bogor, from where many rivers in Jakarta originate, caused rivers to overflow, inundating 11 subdistricts.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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