Indonesia will begin building a 7-kilometre long bridge that will link Bintan and Batam.
The construction of the 7KM long bridge will begin in 2020 and is expected to take 3 to 4 years to complete and is said to be the longest bridge in the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia.
The bridge aims to develop and promote the industry as well as tourism for both Bintan and Batam. This comes after Singapore announced plans of building a Fifth terminal in Singapore Changi Airport, which will have transport connections to Bintan.
Once construction of the bridge is complete, you can kiss those days of 2-hour-long ferry rides to get from Bintan to Batam and vice versa goodbye. Getting from one island to the other would now just take a mere fraction of an hour.
President Joko Widodo pledged to continue cutting bottlenecks of South East Asia’s largest economy in his 2nd term in office, which begins on October 2019. He has vowed to complete the construction of the bridge, as he has made building infrastructure the cornerstone of his first term in office.
The bridge is estimated to cost an estimated 4 Trillion Rupiah (US$284.35 million), as quoted by the Office of the Cabinet Security.
The bridge is said to be made of 3 parts. The first part of the bridge would link the Capital of Riau Islands to Tanjung Sauh Island. The second part of the bridge would connect Tanjung Sauh to Buau-Buau Island. The third and last part of the bridge will link Buau-Buau Island to Bintan.
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