History of Ampera Bridge in Palembang City


INDEPHEDIA.com - The Ampera Bridge (Mandate of People's Suffering) is a bridge in Palembang City, South Sumatra Province (Sumsel), Indonesia.

This bridge has become a kind of symbol of the city, located in the middle of Palembang City.

The Ampera Bridge connects the Seberang Ulu and Seberang Ilir areas which are separated by the Musi River.

The Ampera Bridge is 1,117 meters long (71.90 meters in the middle), 22 meters wide and 11.5 meters high above the water level.

Meanwhile, the height of the tower reaches 63 meters from the ground, the distance between the towers is 75 meters and the weight is 944 tons.

The idea to unite the two landmasses in the City of Palembang "Seberang Ulu and Seberang Ilir" with a bridge actually existed since the Gemeente Palembang era, in 1906.
When the position of Mayor of Palembang was held by Le Cocq de Ville, in 1924, this idea resurfaced and many efforts were made to realize it.

However, until Le Cocq's tenure ended, even when the Dutch left Indonesia, the project was never realized.

At the time of independence, the idea was again sticking out. The DPRD for the Transition of the Big City of Palembang again proposed the construction of a bridge at that time, called the Musi Bridge.

The name of the bridge refers to the name of the Musi River that it crosses, which was proposed at the plenary session which took place on October 29, 1956.

The efforts made by the Provincial Government of South Sumatra and the City of Palembang, which were fully supported by Kodam IV/Sriwijaya, then bore fruit.

Bung Karno then agreed to the development proposal. Construction of this bridge began in April 1962, after obtaining approval from President Soekarno.

The construction costs were taken from the Japanese war reparations fund. Not only costs, even this bridge uses experts from the country.

At first, this bridge was named the Bung Karno Bridge. According to historian Djohan Hanafiah, the name was given as a tribute to the first Indonesian President.

Bung Karno seriously fought for the desire of the people of Palembang to have a bridge over the Musi River.

The inauguration of the use of the bridge was carried out in 1965, as well as confirming the name Bung Karno as the name of the bridge. At that time, this bridge was the longest in Southeast Asia.
After the political upheaval in 1966, when the anti-Soekarno movement was very strong, the bridge's name was changed to Ampera Bridge. (SJ/IND)

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