The number of visitors to Lake Toba in North Sumatra is expected to increase following the plan to develop a toll road to cut travel time between Medan and the popular tourist destination.
Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimoeljono said the travel time from North Sumatra’s capital city of Medan to Lake Toba, which previously took up to six hours by road, was one of the reasons it welcomed so few tourists.
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“The toll road project will enable visitors to travel faster to Lake Toba,” said Basuki as quoted by tempo.co on Monday.
The new toll road will reportedly enable travelers to reach Parapat in 90 minutes.
Basuki said the toll road project connecting Tebing Tinggi to Parapat would begin depending on the tender process. “If we can tender the project this year, then we can start [the construction] next year.” (kes