Jokowi visits Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project sites

Jokowi visits Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project sites

President Joko Widodo at the construction site of Tunnel #1 Halim for the Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway project in Bekasi, West Java on Tuesday (May 18, 2021). (ANTARA/Screen capture of Presidential Secretariat's Stream)

At noon, I visited and looked at the development progress of construction work of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Tuesday visited two construction sites of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project in Bekasi, West Java.

According to information accessed from the Presidential Secretariat's online stream in Jakarta, the first location visited by the President was the Casting Yard #1 construction site for the high-speed rail project in Bekasi district, where he observed a box girder installation.

Widodo then reviewed the progress of construction work at Tunnel #1 Halim in the city of Bekasi, which will serve the high-speed railway once the project is complete and operations begin.

"At noon, I visited and looked at the development progress of construction work of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway. I was accompanied by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Minister of Finance, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, as well as the Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia," Widodo said in an online statement.

The President also said he has received a report which has pegged construction work on the Jakarta-Bandung fast train project to be 73 percent complete. Preparation for operations is targeted to begin in early 2022.

The President said he hopes the Jakarta-Bandung fast train can later be integrated with the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Jakarta to create time efficiency and acceleration.

He also expressed the hope that the Jakarta-Bandung fast train would demonstrate Indonesia's competitiveness with other countries.  

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