Surabaya, East Java (ANTARA News )- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the people to support the constructiion of the 5,4- kilometer Surabaya-Madura (Sutramadu) bridge in East Java as it is currently facing land clearance problems.
"Let us work together in building the bridge for completion as scheduled," the president said on the Indonesian warship, KRI Soeharso, during an inspection of the construction work of the Suramadu bridge on the Madura Strait on Monday.
Referring to a report from the regional administration, the President said that one percent of the land on the Surabaya end of the bridge, and three percent on the other end in Madura Island still have clearance problems.
"Thus, I call on the people to cooperate in settling this matter," the president added.
Yudhoyono said the government since 2007 has tried to overcome some constraints which hampered the realization of the project.
"We have evaluated everything since early last year in connection the obstacles including the financial problems, and investment coming from the Peoples` Republic of China," the president said, hoping that at in April 2009 at the latest, the bridge was scheduled for completion and would benefit the life of the local population.
The Suramadu bridge is 5,438 meters long and the road between Surabaya and the bridge is 4.35 kilometers long, while the road on the other end is 11.5 kilometers long.
The president on the occassion was among others acccompanied by the First lady Ani Yudhoyono, Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto, Transportation Minister Jusman Syafi`i Djamal, Home Minister Mardiyanto, National Education Minister Bambang Soedibyo, Minister of Cooperatives Suryadharma Ali, and Communications and Information Minister M Nuh. (*)