A Problematic Shortcut
THREE large trucks moved slowly on a road that was still muddy from the previous night’s rain, at the center of an acacia plantation owned by Bumi Persada Permai in Musi Banyuasin Regency, South Sumatra, on June 22.
As they moved forward, the puddles forced the drivers, who were transporting coal, to be extra careful. Many trucks had already slid off and fallen into deep potholes.
The 15-meter road leads to the Bayung Lencir River in Musi Banyuasin, 133 kilometers from Musi Rawas Utara, a coal mining area. Musi Mitra Jaya, the operator for Atlas Group’s mining road, has been managing and renting the road out to several mining companies there since 201...