Minister of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono confirmed that the plan to build the Gilimanuk-Mengwi Toll Road has entered the feasibility study stage.
The construction of this toll road intended to support tourism development and increase inter-regional connectivity in Bali.
The feasibility study will be evaluated immediately, followed by the issuance of the relevant permits.
“After that, the Governor of Bali will determine the location, then in October 2020 we can tender and in March 2021 we can sign the contract to start the construction work,” said Basuki.
Basuki added that the Gilimanuk – Mengwi toll road, which is the second segment in Bali after the Bali Mandara toll road, is intended for regional development in western Bali. Especially to increase connectivity from the Gilimanuk Port to Metropolitan Sarbagita, which often experiences congestion.
According to Basuki, this project is not only for regional development in Bali; it is also related to the Sumatra toll road and the Trans Java toll road which will be connected to Banyuwangi, East Java.
“When it is connected, from Java to Bali, there will be an alternative land route, because with the toll road, it will be faster and you can still see the scenery. In addition to this, using one family car can be cheaper than taking a plane,” said Basuki.
The plan to build the 95 kilometer Gilimanuk to Mengwi toll road is a purely private initiative.
“This toll road will be built purely by the private sector without support from the Government (viability gap fund), because the investment feasibility level (IRR) is very high on a route that is already busy with vehicles,” said Basuki.
The first phase of development covers Pekutatan to Soka is about 20 kilometers in length.
The second stage of development will be continued from Soka to Mengwi, and the third stage will be from Gilimanuk to Pekutatan.
Although the planned final point of the toll road is in Mengwi, the plan for this toll road will be reviewed and developed again during the planning stage for the Mengwi – Gianyar route, so that inter-regency access can be made as short as possible.
The total budget for the construction of the Gilimanuk – Mengwi toll road is estimated at around Rp. 14 trillion.