Riau Islands to get container port

Karimun District administration in Riau Islands province will soon build a container port on a 70-hectare plot of land only 25-minutes sailing from Singapore and Malaysia, Asia Pulse reported Friday (4/1/08).

The container port is badly needed to meet market demand as well as to support the operation of the special economic zone (KEK) and to prepare a free trade era, said Nurdin Basirun, Karimun's district head.

"The container port will be built beside a planned 300-hectare reclamation industrial area in Tebing subdistrict, in the northern part of Karimun Besar island," he said.

A road leading to the container port project had already been built in 2007 as an indication that the local government is serious to meet market demands, said Basirun.

Meanwhile, Cendra, head of the district transportation office, said the first-stage construction fund of Rp27 billion ($2.9 million) will be taken from the 2008 national budget.
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