The Ministry of Transportation has integrated transportation routes at a number of ports. As a result, now people in the disadvantaged, remote, outermost, and border areas (3TP) can easily order basic needs from Java. Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said that the integration was conducted in order for access from the port to the airport or other land routes got easier for logistics distribution.
“The Ministry of Transportation has made a breakthrough in multimodal connectivity. The cargo transported by sea tolls is connected by land transportation to the airport and then flown to the mountains of Papua by air bridges,” he said, Thursday.
Thanks to this integration, he continued, people living in the Oksibil Mountains or the Bintang Mountains, Papua can order staples from Surabaya and can be received directly at the mountains.
“Thus, it is hoped that the price of goods in the Oksibil area will not be more unequal with the price in Surabaya,” he said.
Furthermore, he said that several regions have many superior commodities for logistics supply, even food production such as those in Merauke and a number of other areas in eastern Indonesia are in surplus. Therefore, he wants regional heads to be able to send their regional superior commodities through the sea toll logistics transportation.
Moreover, currently logistics shipments to Papua and West Papua have reached 21 containers consisting of 20 containers containing rice and 1 container containing soy sauce. “This shows that the sea toll is an extraordinary achievement for the operation of the new port in Jayapura,” he said. Not only that, Budi said that currently the government has added 30 routes of the sea toll road.
He hopes that this additional route can be followed by an increase in the volume of cargo so that the subsidies provided by the government in this program become more useful.
“The number of transportation needs to be optimized for each route so that the subsidies provided are more useful,” he added.