PT PP (Persero) Tbk (“the Company”) has successfully completed the construction of the Manado-Bitung Toll Road project for the Manado-Danowudu section of 26 kilometers. President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo conducted the inauguration of the operation of the Manado-Bitung Toll Road, North Sulawesi on Tuesday (29/09). The inauguration of the operation was carried out virtually from the State Palace in Bogor, West Java, accompanied by State Secretariat Minister Pratikno and BUMN Minister Erick Thohir. Meanwhile, the inauguration ceremony for the Manado-Bitung Toll Road for the Manado-Danowudu Toll Road was centered at the Manado Toll Gate represented by the Minister of PUPR Basuki Hadimoeljono who was also present directly at the project inauguration location on behalf of the Government.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended directly by Novel Arsyad as President Director, M. Toha Fauzi as Director of Operations 2, Bandung Sasmitoharjo as SVP of Infrastructure Division 1, Fatchul Birri as SVP OBC & SCM, and Yuyus Juarsa as SVP Corporate Secretary of the Company. In addition, the inauguration ceremony was also attended by the President Director of PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk, Subakti Syukur, President Director of PT Jasamarga Manado Bitung George Manurung, Head of North Sulawesi Police Inspector General. Pol. Drs. RZ. Panca Putra Simanjuntak, Pangdam Merdeka Maj. Gen. TNI Santos Matondang, Acting Governor of North Sulawesi Agus Fatoni, etc. The implementation of the inauguration strictly implements the Covid-19 health protocol for invited guests at the event location.
In the future, the Manado-Bitung Toll Road will have a total line of 40 kilometers, which is the longest toll road currently in North Sulawesi Province. The company has successfully completed the Manado-Bitung Toll Road for the Manado-Danowudu section with a length of 26 kilometers, where the closest toll gate to Sam Ratulangi Airport is only 9 kilometers away, so it can cut the travel time of the previous trip via the national road. In addition, the trip from Manado to Bitung or vice versa, which previously took 1.5 hours to travel to just 1/2 hour. In his remarks, President Jokowi expressed his gratitude for the completion of the Manado-Bitung Toll Road for the Manado-Danowudu Section. "Now it can be used to support business activities and facilitate public transportation. Later, when all of these sections are completed, they will be 40 km long. The toll gate (GT Manado) is only 9 km or about 12 minutes from Sam Ratulangi Airport. So, very close, "said President Jokowi at the inauguration.