Jalan Tol Kuala Tanjung – Tebing Tinggi – Pematang Siantar – Parapat (Berita Sumut 23 Februari 2017, direncanakan konstruksi sekitar April 2017)

Hari ini, 23 Februari 2017, headline koran Medan Bisnis menuliskan Jalan Tol Kuala Tanjung – Tebing Tinggi – Parapat akan segera tender dengan target konstruksi April-Mei 2017.

Ini tentu sebuah kejutan yang manis di awal 2017 bagi warga Sumatra Utara, mengingat selama ini fokus masih lebih ke finishing 2 jalan tol, yakni Medan – Binjai dan Medan – Kuala Namu – Tebing Tinggi.
Untuk jalan tol selanjutny malah belum banyak berita, alias jauh dari hingar bingar atau diskusi di warga Sumut. Dan tiba-tiba saja ngga banyak cerita, langsung muncul berita bagus ini! 😀
(coba bandingkan dari awal 2000-an, berita-berita mengenai tol ke Binjai dan tol ke Tebing Tinggi selalu menghias koran2 Medan, baik wacana, diskusi, studi sampe belasan tahun…sampe orang pun ud malas ngomongin karena janji-janji ama wacana melulu 🙂 )

Kalo melihat rutenya sih, sepertinya tol ini memang konsepnya “sekali dayuh dua tiga pulau terlampaui“. Yakni
1. Mendukung kemajuan industri di KEK Sei Mangkei dan Pelabuhan Kuala Tanjung sebagai hub internasional
2. Mendukung pariwisata Danau Toba (Parapat, Simarjarunjung, Saribudolok dengan Air Terjun Sipiso-piso dan Tonggingny, dan juga dekat ke Taman Simalem Resort dan Brastagi/Kabanjahe di Kabupaten Karo)

Kalo melihat pembagiannya, sepertinya ini dua jalan tol yang digabungkan jadi satu (Tebing Tinggi – Kuala Tanjung + Tebing Tinggi – Pematang Siantar – Parapat)

Ini denah jalan tolnya kira-kira sesuai isi berita..


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Sihotang, my green and beautiful home village..

This country-place is named Sihotang village (yes, the same name as my clan behind my name), near Toba Lake in Samosir District, North Sumatra.

My late grandfather and my late father are all buried here, laid to rest in the same tomb as they wished while they were still alive (RIP)

All of my ancestors were from here, as we belong to the same Sihotang clan so it is very historical. Typical country life around here, people worked as farmers, traders, or cattlemen. I miss this place, I miss the country life, and it’s been 3 years since the last time I visited my father’s tomb 😦

Tele – Pangururan Road (Toba Lake, North Sumatra)

This very panoramic provincial road connecting Dolok Sanggul & Tele (Humbang Hasundutan District) to Pangururan (capital of Samosir District) is the only land road access from main Sumatra Island to Samosir Island which is located in the center of Toba Lake. The road strecthes to about 25 km from the upper mountain up to the lowest point right on the coastal side of Toba Lake The road is now appx. 4-5 m wide, which is an improvement to the early 00′ where it was only 2-3 m wide forced opposite vehicles from two ways to drive slowly. In that period the vehicle on the cliff side even had to stop to give chance to vehicle on the canyon side to move first. Now that is an old song, vehicles can pass comfortably. On this ascending side, the almost naked string of mountains siding Toba Lake can be seen (the unseen left side, under these mountains, is Toba Lake) Continue reading

Short Journey crossing South Toba Lake

During our family trip to Muara, North Sumatra (Toba Lake) for visiting our familiy’s marriage traditional party, we must reach the village by sailing through Toba Lake for about 15 minutes by a local ship. There was a pathway actually from the upside church but it is too sheer so the possible way to most people is crossing the lake

I captured some stills from this short trip, the wind is quite nice although locals said it was strong. Yeaa, I see quite unnatural wave (for lake standard) smashing the beachline but fortunately our ship can cross safely

Here they are

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