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Inauguration of Sections I and V Balsam Toll Road is Delayed because Residents Demand Land Compensation

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Inauguration of Sections I and V Balsam Toll Road is Delayed because Residents Demand Land Compensation
Samboja Toll Gate, Balsam Toll Road.

SELASAR.CO, Samarinda – Currently the construction progress of the Balikpapan-Samarinda Toll Road Section I & V has reached 100 percent progress and is ready to operate. The Balikpapan-Samarinda Toll Road with a total length of 99.55 km is the first toll road in the capital city of East Kalimantan Province, as well as being one of the supporting infrastructures for Semayang Port in Balikpapan and Samarinda Port.

Later, the existence of this toll road will cut the travel time from Balikpapan to Samarinda or vice versa from 3 to 4 hours to 1.5 to 2 hours. Initially, the two sections of the Balsam toll road in the Balikpapan and Kukar areas were rumored to be inaugurated on Tuesday (17/8/2021). However, the planned inauguration of the two sections of the Balsam toll road was postponed.

Confirmed regarding this news, Deputy Governor of East Kalimantan, Hadi Mulyadi said that this delay occurred because local residents demanded compensation for toll road land.

“That’s the one who takes care of the BBPJN payment. It has been submitted to the court, so it depends on the court’s decision but they do not want (to receive compensation),” said Hadi.

In this case, Hadi considered that there must be an attitude of sacrifice shown, so that an agreement can be reached.

“The central government still provides compensation but it may not be in accordance with what they want, because indeed it is state land. What must be paid is actually the cost of planting to grow, this is a relative value,” he said.

“The point is we still want to provide compensation, but if the amount is not suitable, that’s the sacrifice there for the nation,” added the Deputy Governor.

Meanwhile, explained by Seno Aji, Deputy Chairperson of the East Kalimantan DPRD, it is true that some time ago there were 42 residents who came to him to report related to the compensation process. In fact, Rp 68 billion has been budgeted for the cost of replacing the planting material. Plants on the land are valued at Rp 200 thousand per square meter.

“For planting and growing, they have changed, but they asked for the land to be replaced as well. It just needs to be known whether they are making a lawsuit, basically the RTRW is Tahura or APL (Land Use Area),” he said.

“If the RTRW is Tahura then they can’t sue it even though there is a letter. Because the letter reads if it is found that this land is in the Tahura area, it will automatically fall and be returned to the state,” he concluded.

Author: Yoghy Irfan
Editor: Cloud

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