Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo hoped that the Bill on Land Acquisition for Public Interests could be passed into law to help support the development of infrastructure projects.

After attending a coordinating meeting at the economic affairs coordinating ministry here Wednesday Governor Fauzi said the Manggarai-Soekarno Hatta airport railway project was still facing land acquisition problems.

"Regarding land acquisition, we have not reached a deal yet, but we have prepared the route alignment," Fauzi Bowo said regarding a plan to build a railway connecting the Manggarai railway station and Soekarno Hatta airport.

The train could take the Bukit Duri and Pluit routes, he said.

In addition to the Manggarai rail project, the coordinating meeting also discussed the Metropolitan Priority Area (MPA) project to be funded by Japan.

The basic element has been discussed since last March, and will be continued until May through an advisory committee meeting, according to the governor.

Jakarta currently has many infrastructure projects, and in principle the MPA should not hamper the other ongoing projects, he said.

Governor Fauzi called on the central government to issue regulations which could encourage investors to compete in developing infrastructure projects.

"Investors do not operate in Indonesia only, but also other countries such as Vietnam and China. Regulations existing here must be competitive," the governor said.

Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said after the coordinating meeting said 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 the latest," Freddy 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.

The main obstacle facing the project development so far concerns land acquisitions.

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

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