Japanese Ambassador visits MRT Jakarta phase II construction site

Japanese Ambassador visits MRT Jakarta phase II construction site

Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Masafumi Ishii (third from left), visited the MRT Jakarta phase II construction site on September 10, 2020. (ANTARA/HO-Japanese Embassy Jakarta)

I am impressed with the construction progress that has run according to the schedule, even though the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to slow down. The MRT project is a symbol, both for the friendship and cooperation between Japan and Indonesia
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Masafumi Ishii, and chief of JICA's representative office in Indonesia, Shinichi Yamanaka, have paid a visit to the construction site for MRT Jakarta’s 201 Work Zone on the North-South route.

 

The 201 Work Zone is being developed under the second phase of the North-South route since June this year.

 

The construction of the 201 Work Zone is the first part of the North-South phase 2 of the MRT, and the construction between the Bundaran HI station and the Harmoni station is part of the rail extension that will be built down to the Kota (Old Town) area.

 

"I am impressed with the construction progress that has run according to the schedule, even though the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to slow down. The MRT project is a symbol, both for the friendship and cooperation between Japan and Indonesia," Ambassador Ishii said in a statement received here on Wednesday.

 

He said he hoped the extension of the MRT rails enriches the lives of Jakarta citizens.

 

President director of PT MRT Jakarta, William Sabandar, said the MRT Phase II comprises two projects, namely MRT Phase 2A, covering the route from the Hotel Indonesia area to the Kota area, and Phase 2B, running from Kota to West Ancol.

 

Eight stations will be covered by the project, including the Thamrin Station, Monas, Harmoni, Sawah Besar, Mangga Besar, Glodok, Kota, and Depo Ancol Barat.

 

Of the eight stations, Thamrin and Kota are the largest, with work on 400 meters completed and 10 entrances installed along with a 200-meter long commercial area. The stations have been directly integrated with Transjakarta buses.

 

"This station will be the largest station, interconnected with the TransJakarta line, which is equipped with a commercial area as well," Sabandar said on the Jakarta MRT website.

 

MRT Phase II will cover a 7.8 kilometer line and is being built on the ground (at grade) in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta. Meanwhile, seven other stations are being built underground.

 

The MRT Jakarta Phase II train will traverse or make stops at Sarinah Station, Monas Station, Harmoni Station, Sawah Besar Station, Mangga Besar Station, Glodok Station, Kota Station, and Kampung Bandan Depo Station.

 

MRT Phase II of the Bundaran HI-Kota route will span 5.8 km and have seven underground stations: Sarinah, Monas, Harmoni, Sawah Besar, Mangga Besar, Glodok, and Kota.

 

The stations' depth will range from 17 meters to 36 meters. (INE)
 

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