Serang-Panimbang Highway Will be Ready for Eid Al-Fitr 2021
The ongoing Serang-Panimbang highway that crosses three districts, namely Serang, Lebak, and Pandeglang Regencies, is aimed to increase the connectivity of various production sectors and is targeted to be completed by 2023.
Project Location: Banten Province
Path: Serang – Panimbang
Total Distance: 83,6677 KM
Consortium Portion: Serang – Cileles (50,677 KM)
Government Portion: Cileles – Panimbang (30 KM)
Serang Regency: KM 0 – KM 18 + 925
Lebak Regency: KM 18 + 925 – KM 57
Pandeglang Regency: KM 57 – KM 83 + 677
Investment Value: IDR 5.33 Trillion
Equitable infrastructure development can certainly encourage a country’s economic growth. Therefore, the Indonesian government is now intensively working with various investors from within and outside the country to build various kinds of infrastructure in various regions in Indonesia, from toll roads, public transportation, to public buildings and subsidized housing.
One of the infrastructure projects currently being worked on by the government is a highway that connects three districts in Banten Province, namely Serang, Lebak, and Pandeglang. This project is a construction contract between PT Wijaya Karya Serang Panimbang and the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) and the contractor Sino Road and Bridge Group Co. Ltd.
The 83.67 kilometer toll road construction project is divided into 3 sections, namely Section 1 Serang – Rangkasbitung (26.50 km), Section 2 Rangkasbitung – Cileles (24.17 km), and Section 3 Cileles – Panimbang (33 km). In a project built with a government cooperation scheme with these business entities, the government will work on Section 3 along 33 km, while the remaining 50.67 km is done by the Toll Road Business Entity (BUJT) by PT Wijaya Karya Serang Panimbang. The total investment value of the Serang – Panimbang Toll Road is IDR 5.33 trillion, with the total investment issued by the government of IDR 2.04 trillion.
The construction of Section 1, which began with the groundbreaking process in 2017, has now reached 84.18% and is expected to be completed in March 2021. Head of the General Section of the Toll Road Regulatory Agency (BPJT), Mahbullah Nurdin, hopes that the Serang-Panimbang toll will be completed and can be used by the public for the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr 2021.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing is currently in the process of preparing the construction of the Serang – Panimbang Section 3 toll road, namely the 33 kilometers Cileles – Panimbang section which is the government’s portion. For Section 3, the BUJT portion is divided into 55 percent belonging to Sino Road & Bridge Co. Ltd. and 22.5 percent respectively belong to PT WIKA and PT ADHI.
The presence of the Serang-Panimbang toll road is expected to support the economic development of the Central Banten and South Banten regions with North Banten which is adjacent to Jakarta. This toll road is believed to be able to provide convenience and time efficiency, for example from Jakarta to Tanjung Lesung which previously required a travel time of around 4-5 hours, later it will be around 2-3 hours with an average speed of 80 km/hour.
This toll road that crosses three districts, namely Serang, Lebak, and Pandeglang Regencies, does not only function as a link to the Tanjung Lesung National Strategic Tourism Area (KSPN) and Ujung Kulon National Park. It will also increase the connectivity of various production sectors, such as the industrial sector, goods, and services connected by the Jakarta – Merak Toll Road. The Serang-Panimbang toll road is targeted to be completely completed by 2023.