Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | 04:10 WIB

This is The Longest Suspended Bridge in Southeast Asia

This is The Longest Suspended Bridge in Southeast Asia (kemenkomaritim)

JAKARTA, NNC - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan attended the inauguration of the Situgunung suspension bridge in Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, Sukabumi Regency on Saturday (03/09/2018).

The bridge of pride of Sukabumi residents is 243 meters long and 1.2 meters wide, which makes it the longest suspension bridge in Southeast Asia.

"Thank you, Situgunung Suspension Bridge has been done well and thanks also to the Ministry of LHK, PT Fontis Aquam Vivam, which is a private business entity that develops tourism here," said Coordinating Minister Luhut at the event location.

The government supports the development of tourism objects such as the suspension bridge because it is in line with the target to make tourism as the biggest contributor to foreign exchange.

In accordance with the authority which includes overseeing the tourism and transportation sectors, Coordinating Minister Luhut explained his strategy to build the southern region of Java, especially Sukabumi Regency.

"Whatever we do here, later if there is no good transportation, people will not want to come," he said, explaining that transportation connectivity is vital to promote tourism.

Furthermore, Coordinating Minister Luhut explained various government efforts regarding the development of supporting infrastructure that has been and is being carried out, including the construction of toll roads that connect various regions in the largest district in West Java with other provinces.

"The Ciawi toll road program to Sukabumi has been stalled for 21 years. Now phase 1 has been completed and will continue to be pursued (because) the President wants (to be completed) in 2021. That toll road must be up to Pelabuhan Ratu and later to Cianjur so this area is really a good area. The road in the south is to connect from Banten to the south until later to Sukabumi so that the economy here will grow, "he continued detailing the government's desire to better connect Sukabumi with other provinces to improve the welfare of its people.

In addition to roads, Coordinating Minister Luhut also encouraged the construction of airports in Sukabumi to be more accessible to travelers.

"I really pushed for the airfield in Sukabumi to be completed this year. And this is not talk about it. We have started this," he concluded regarding the government's development program that had been going well so far.

This was welcomed and greatly appreciated by Sukabumi Regent Marwan Hamami who represented the Sukabumi community. According to him, various government efforts delivered by Coordinating Minister Luhut were highly anticipated by the public.

"I represent the people of Sukabumi, thanking Coordinating Minister Luhut for his presence, infrastructure development in our area is clearly very helpful and improves the economy of the community, especially when the toll road stage 3 is completed, of course this will reduce the severe congestion that is often experienced by people the impact of course will also increase tourist visits to the Sukabumi region, "said Regent Marwan.