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Dedicated coal road in Indonesia’s Jambi delayed again

The completion of a dedicated coal-hauling road in Indonesia’s Jambi province has been delayed again, with the road now scheduled for completion by June instead of the original target of December 2023.

The project had previously been delayed by land acquisition problems, which prompted the Jambi provincial government to intervene. The provincial government plans to add investors to the project to support the efforts of developers Sinar Agung Sukses, Putra Bulian Propertindo and Inti Tirta Primasakti, in order to accelerate the construction of the road.

The road was first proposed in 2022 with initial construction starting during the end of that year. The development aims to help relieve congestion on Jambi’s public road network, which has seen hours-long traffic jams because of an increase in the number of coal trucks traversing the region’s highways in recent years.

The provincial government has already issued an indefinite ban on coal trucks travelling on major thoroughfares since the start of the year, instead directing coal mining companies to transport coal using the Batanghari river routes.