Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA) - The Management Agency for the Batam Free Trade Zone and Free Port (BP Batam), Riau Islands, has informed that a delegation from the Malaysian government recently explored investment in Batam city's Light Rapid Transit (LRT).

In a statement received here on Tuesday, the Head of BP Batam's Strategic Program Planning Center Fesly Abadi Paranoan said that his side is very open to Malaysian investment in the mass transportation sector in Batam City.

He added that the construction of the LRT is an effort to ease congestion and make Batam a modern city.

"They (the Malaysian delegates) said that the development in Batam City is very rapid. They want to know more about the process, incentives, and investment opportunities, especially the LRT that we have planned," Paranoan informed.

Meanwhile, Head of the Public Relations, Promotion, and Protocol Bureau of BP Batam Ariastuty Sirait said that her side is continuing to finalize the LRT project development plan.

She disclosed that the Batam LRT development plan has entered the stage of preparing a feasibility study, which is being conducted by a consortium from STRIDES, Singapore.

"We are still waiting for the results of the feasibility study," Sirait added.

She said that after the feasibility study is completed, BP Batam will evaluate the documents, and this will be followed up by the preparation of auction documents.

Earlier, it was reported that BP Batam is planning to build a new flyover in the Sei Ladi, Tiban area, to reduce frequent congestion.

Meanwhile, in a statement received on Tuesday, the head of BP Batam, Muhammad Rudi, said that his side is continuing to promote Batam city as an investment destination.

Located in an archipelagic region, Batam city has great potential to attract many foreign tourists, he added.

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