Fadli, The Jakarta Post, Batam | Archipelago |

The South Korean government has established a team to conduct a feasibility study on the construction of a 7-kilometer-long bridge that will connect Batam and Bintan Island.

The team, which comprises academicians under the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica), will kick off the study at the beginning of 2013. The results of the feasibility study will later be compared to the study conducted by the Bandung Institute of Technology’s Research Affiliation Body (LAPI-ITB) in 2005.

“The South Korean government and the Batam Free Trade Zone Authority [BPK FTZ] are cooperating on several projects. One of them is the Batam–Bintan bridge project. We will start with the feasible study first,” said South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Young Sun on the sidelines of a meeting with BPK FTZ head Mustofa Wijaya in Batam, Riau Islands, on Thursday.

The bridge will consist of three parts: a 2.2-kilometer stretch between Batam and Tanjung Sauh, a 3.9-kilometer stretch connecting Tanjung Sauh and Buau Island and a 700-meter stretch connecting Buau and Bintan.

The construction of the bridge is estimated to cost more than Rp 3 trillion (US$310 million).

Mustofa revealed that South Korea was only one of many countries that were interested in building the bridge.

The BPK FTZ has previously worked with South Korean government on the e-government system and an eco-friendly waste disposal system in Batam. (tgh)

(The Jakarta Post)

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