Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Indonesia Plans to Build World's Longest Bridge

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said this week that his country has planned to build a bridge at Sunda straits, which will be the world's longest.

The government has received the result of pre-feasibility study of the bridge that would connect the country's two main islands of Java and Sumatra, which host over 80 percent of Indonesia's 230 million population.

According to the pre-feasibility study the bridge would be 30 kilometers long and had 220 meters span, the longest in the world.

The building of the bridge will be kicked off next year and completed in 2010, costing over 100 trillion rupiah (over 10 billion U.S. dollars) funds.

The bridge may connect 10 provinces in Sumatra Island and six provinces in Java island.

President Susilo has promised to double infrastructure spending to 140 billion U.S. dollars during his second term to reach annual economic growth of around 7 percent.

Indonesia has been on the rank of 86 out of 133 countries in terms of infrastructure quality in the World Economic Forum's 2008 Global Competitive Index.

View original source: Xinhua, 2009-08-19, 14:16:27


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