Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Minister of Transportation (Menhub) Budi Karya Sumadi opened his voice on the progress of the Patimban Port project in West Java. It is said that the candidate for the largest port in Indonesia will be soft launching by December 2020.
“We are building Patimban, God willing, it will be December soft launching. One port that may be as big as Tanjung Priok but indeed there will be a port that is dense with technology, “he said in a webinar, Monday (26/10/20).
Budi Karya also linked Patimban with areas that would support the new economy in Cirebon, Subang and Majelengka (Rebana). This area now has supporting infrastructure that is ready.
“Patimban becomes a triangle. Cirebon is a tourist city, Kertajati is an international airport or logistics airport and Patimban becomes one, which will become Rebana, a triangle,” he explained.
He also compared this area to Jakarta, which also relies on similar infrastructure. As is well known, the Port of Tanjung Priok and Soekarno Hatta (Soetta) Airport have important roles as transportation hubs for the Jakarta area.
“So imagine there Patimban will be as big as Priok. Kertajati now has a runway length of 3,400 meters, better than Soetta, and also the capacity allows, and Cirebon has become a tourist destination. So if these places are now relatively empty, occupied by investors from abroad, this area will definitely develop once, “he said.
Budi Karya also emphasized the importance of infrastructure project development in the framework of national economic recovery. According to him, in the survival strategy, his party continues to strive to manage costs well and look for more creative formats.
“Of course, this income can provide job opportunities. It is important for us to cooperate with the private sector so that government funds can be used for projects in the east, outskirts, and new areas that do not yet have capacity. Meanwhile, commercial projects can be used. let’s say like Soetta, Kualanamu, Ngurah Rai, or commercial ports we give to the private sector, “he said.