Jakarta infrastructure master plan ready next week

Jakarta infrastructure master plan ready next week

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa. (FOTO.ANTARA)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government will draft a Jakarta infrastructure master plan and implement the projects immediately.

"As being requested by the President, the master plan must be ready next week at the latest," Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said after a coordinating meeting here, Wednesday.

"We have agreed to make a master plan based on the decision of the economic affairs coordinating minister, and will immediately encourage the implementation of the projects by the public works ministry and the governor," the transportation minister said.

The government will synergize various infrastructure projects in Jakarta and its surroundings within integrated transportation contexts, according to the minister.

The projects will include Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Manggarai-Soekarno Hatta Airport railway and Cikarang dry port accessible by railway.

Issues on budget and executors of the projects will be discussed in the very near future.

"Tomorrow we should discuss in detail about the budget, the responsibilities of the Jakarta administration, the central government and investors," he said.

The implementation of the infrastructure projects will involve state-owned companies (BUMNs) which will invite investors under joint ventures.

The main obstacle facing the project development has been land acquisition.

"The Manggarai-Soekarno Hatta Airport railway is expected to be realized in 2015. Hopefully, the land acquisition problem could be solved soon," he said.

The coordinating meeting was also attended by Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto and Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo.

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa in his remarks in the Indonesia International Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition (IICE) 2011, here, Tuesday, said to accelerate the infrastructure development, the government will continue to omit bureaucratic development by revising regulations and speeding up the passage of the law on land provision.

The participation of the domestic and foreign private sectors are very much needed due to the limitation of the government in infrastructure project financing as part of the Indonesian economic expansion and acceleration plan.

"Therefore, we allocate a budget of Rp500 trillion for the next four years. And this is small compared to the total that we need," he said.(*)

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