A Dispute in Trans Sumatra Toll Road
The construction of the Trans Sumatra toll road in Riau and Lampung left unresolved land conflicts. Compensation is inadequate, and for many residents, slow to arrive.
LEON Liawandi stared blankly at the Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road in Riau. The resident of Senapelan village in Pekanbaru then pointed at the roads and explained that the concrete sits on what used to be his palm field. The toll road split his equally expansive palm field in half.
Leon used to live 800 meters away from his fields. After it was split in half, he and his wife must now take a four-kilometer detour to reach the other side of his f...