Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Construction Safety Committee of the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry will decide on continuation of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project by PT China High-Speed Train Indonesia (KCIC) at a meeting, Tuesday afternoon.

"Today, we will hold a meeting, and we will evaluate, as we have been giving a two-week time period. The deadline will be this Friday (3/13/2020). Hence, today, we will hold a meeting with the Committee. Hopefully, today, a decision will be taken whether it will continue or there are other recommendations," Director General of Construction of the PUPR Ministry, concurrently chairperson of the Construction Safety Committee, Trisasongko Widianto, stated in Depok, West Java, on Tuesday.

The Construction Safety Committee will also invite KCIC to the meeting. He also pointed to the Indonesia-China joint venture being cooperative in applying the recommendations submitted by the government.

Widianto also expressed optimism that a decision would be taken on the recommendations submitted. At the very least, a decision will be taken within this week, before Friday.

The Construction Safety Committee, in its letter, had earlier sought a temporary suspension of the Jakarta-Bandung Expressway Project since it was viewed as affecting the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road service.

At least six notes from the Committee are that the Construction of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway Project pays dismal attention to the smooth access in and out of toll roads; disrupts drainage, road cleanliness, and safety of toll road users; causes puddles and traffic jams and disrupts logistical smoothness; LRT pillars being constructed without permits; and the occupational safety and health (K3) regulations not been applied properly.

However, KCIC President Director Chandra Dwiputra claimed to have taken steps to follow up on the records of the Construction Safety Committee.

The steps taken encompass disciplining contractors on the use of openings and access to work on the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road on KM 7, KM 9, KM 10, KM 14, KM 15, KM 16, KM 30, KM 31, KM 33, KM 34, KM 129, and KM 141; ensuring that every toll road opening is equipped with signs, such as hose lamp, rotary lamp, safety fence, flagman, tire wash area, and traffic control zone; pumping water in drainage channels, cleaning drainage channels, and accumulation of material, especially in locations that had been flooded, and making temporary drainage to prevent waterlogging on the toll roads.

The Transportation Ministry and PUPR Ministry, along with relevant stakeholders, agreed to jointly monitor the improvements made by KCIC in order to follow up on the Construction Safety Committee's recommendation. Related news: Jakarta-Bandung high-speed trains project likely suspended over corona
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