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Indonesia plans to build country’s longest sea bridge linking islands near Singapore

Indonesia plans to build its longest sea bridge next year to connect two islands in the Malacca Strait, near Singapore, as part of efforts to develop industry and tourism in the area.

The 7km bridge linking Batam and Bintan will cost as much as 4 trillion rupiah (US$284 million) and construction is set to take three to four years, the country’s cabinet secretariat said in a statement on Thursday.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who has secured his second term in office, is embarking on a more than US$400 billion infrastructure push.

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