JAKARTA, 6 June (JDN.id) – The coordinating minister of economics Darmin Nasution on Monday paid a visit to the Mass Rapid Transit project in Jakarta.
Nasution was in the tunnel that will be part of the 112-kilometer integrated MRT system that will have more than 60 stations and sets to be fully operational by 2025.
“My first impression, this is designed very well, good, it [the tunnel] looks wide,” he told reporters.
He added that MRT is expected to set a new modern life of people living in the country’s capital, as Jakartans can now predict how low it takes for their journeys.
Darmin was accompanied by the President Director of PT MRT William Sabandar, the Deputy for Infrastructure Acceleration and Regional Development at the Coordinating Ministry Wahyu Utomo, the Program Director of the Committee for Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure, known as KPPIP, Reiner Haryanto, and top officials at the Coordinating Ministry.
MRT Jakarta, which is responsible for the development and later operation of the MRT system, will undergo test runs of the trains without passengers in December.
The 15.7-km transit system that connects Lebak Bulus station in South Jakarta with a station near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta is set to start operations in March 2019. This first phase of the mega-project will require an investment of up to 17 trillion rupiah and funding will come from the state budget, the Jakarta provincial budget as well as a loan from Japanese government-backed agency Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Once the first phase of the Jakarta MRT is in operational, passengers will also be connected with other transportation system, including the 42-km first phase of a light rail transit (LRT) system, currently being constructed by a consortium led by state-controlled builder Adhi Karya.
The government has said that work on the 8.4-km second phase of the Jakarta MRT will start in December this year. The route will connect the station near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle with Kampung Bandan in North Jakarta, and will be supported by eight stations. The second phase will require about 25 trillion rupiah in investment.