Taiwan helps build Indonesia’s Surabaya-Gempol toll road

Taiwan helps build Indonesia’s Surabaya-Gempol toll road
Mementos from the Indonesian Government to mark the inauguration of the Surabaya-Gempol toll road in East Java were displayed in the Veterans Museum in Qingjing Farm Guest House in Nantou County, Taiwan. (Indonesia Window)

Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – Surabaya-Gempol toll road connecting Surabaya City and Gempol area in Pasuruan Regency, East Java Province extends along 43 kilometres.

The toll road, which was inaugurated on July 26, 1986, was built with assistance from the Taiwanese Government.

Inside the Veterans Museum located in Qingjing Farm Guest House, in Nantou County, two mementos from the Indonesian Government were displayed.

The placards were from the Indonesian Directorate General of Highways of the Ministry of Public Works and the Secretary General of the Indonesian Ministry of Defense and Security, Lt. Gen. I.B. Sudjana

However, since the Lapindo Brantas Inc. hot mud disaster took place in August 2006, the road connecting Porong and Gempol was broken off about six kilometres.

As a result, the Indonesian government closed the section, reducing the length to 37 kilometres.

Taiwan has been experiencing for decades in building roads of the bestquality, even in areas with extreme geographical conditions.

Taiwan helps build Indonesia’s Surabaya-Gempol toll road
High-quality highways on Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range of Hehuan between Nantou and Hualien Counties. The highest peak in the mountains reaches 3,422 meters above sea level. (Indonesia Window)

The highway in the Central Mountains of Formosa Island, which has an average height above 3,000 meters above sea level with steep slopes, was built in 1961 involving 20,000 workers using simple equipment.

Now, the 200-kilometer long highway connects areas in the Taiwan Central Mountain Range, and is an access to enjoy the natural charms of Formosa Island which is rich in amazing geological features.

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