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Jakarta steps up infrastructure programme

Move comes despite govt budget coming under strain; work to build at least 335.6 km of toll roads to start soon

MR JOKO: 'We aren't just serious about building infrastructure, we're very, very serious. This is something we absolutely must do to build the foundation of our economy, even if the work is bitter at the beginning.'


INDONESIA'S government is speeding up an infrastructure rollout programme that President Joko Widodo has made a hallmark of his administration, despite its budget coming under strain.

Even with a reduced allocation this year, the Public Works Ministry has spent a bigger...