Jokowi vows to build 60 suspension bridges to connect villages across Indonesia

Jokowi vows to build 60 suspension bridges to connect villages across Indonesia
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurates a hanging bridge. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office)
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has targeted to build 60 iron suspension bridges to improve access in mountainous villages across the country.

Jokowi made the pledge on Saturday while inaugurating a new 90-meter suspension bridge named Kali Galeh in Bulu subdistrict, Temanggung regency, Central Java.

"I don't only inaugurate big bridges, but also small ones like this, because they are a vital part of our infrastructure. This hanging bridge will speed up distribution of logistic and mobility of people between villages and subdistricts," Jokowi said.

Jokowi said that without a bridge, travellers would have to take longer routes to arrive at certain villages, which would be costly and time consuming. He added that the difficult topography of regions across the country had forced the government to build more hanging bridges.

"Since 2015, the government has built 10 hanging bridges in Banten and four in Magelang [Central Java]. Papua and Sulawesi are regions that need hanging bridges the most," Jokowi said, adding such a bridge would cost up to Rp 6 billion (S$623,000).

Later on Saturday, Jokowi inaugurated a low-cost housing complex in Parakan subdistrict in Temanggung before he continued his activities to inspect the newly established Temanggung regional hospital.

Last Thursday, Jokowi embarked on a three-day working trip in Central Java, where he visited 22 sites in six regencies. He headed to Semarang on Saturday evening to conclude the trip and return to Jakarta.

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