SERANG, thepresidentpost.com – The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Tanjung Lesung has been inaugurated by President Jokowi in February 2015, when he announced that the Serang-Panimbang toll road will be built to shorten the travel time to the tourist destinations in Tanjung Lesung.
Currently, the Committee for the Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure Provision (KPPIP) has involved in the government’s program in accelerating the infrastructure projects to support the tourist destinations in South Banten.
Chairman of KPPIP Implementation Team Wahyu Utomo said that the Serang-Panimbang toll road is the key for the development of the tourism Special Economic Zone of Tanjung Lesung.
“Most likely the Serang-Panimbang toll road will be completed in 2019,” Wahyu said in a statement on Tuesday (6/6).
According to him, the Serang-Panimbang toll road would be in synergy with the international tourist destination. Tourists from Jakarta can go to the Tanjung Lesung through the Serang-Panimbang toll road which is targeted to operate in 2019. On the other hand the toll road existence is expected to increase the number of tourists visiting Tanjung Lesung which is currently constrained by the travel time. The 83.9 kilometer toll road will cut the travel time from Jakarta to Tanjung Lesung.
“At least in three hours we will already get there, like Jakarta-Bandung,” said Wahyu.
He said he is optimistic that the Serang-Panimbang toll road will make investors interested to invest in Tanjung Lesung, in line with investment grade of the country. Besides, the toll road will also open the isolated areas in South Banten.
“The point is, to me, the realization of the Serang-Panimbang toll is the key,” said Wahyu.
The Serang-Panimbang toll road is under the responsibility of the Toll Road Regulatory Agency (BPJT). In addition to provide access to KEK Tanjung Lesung and Ujung Kulon National Park, the Rp 11.3 trillion worth toll road is expected to reduce the logistics costs for the shipment of goods from the industrial estates in Pandeglang to the port in Jakarta and vice versa. (RML/JTU/TPP)