Jakarta-Bekasi monorail expected to operate in 2015

"If the construction permit of the project is issued this month, we hope that the monorail system would be done soon and would already be operated in 2015," State-owned Enterprise (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan said.
Jakarta (Antara News) - The Jakarta monorail project that stretches 52 km from Kuningan (South Jakarta), Cawang (East Jakarta) to East Bakasi (West Java) is expected to be completed and operated by 2015.

"If the construction permit of the project is issued this month, we hope that the monorail system would be done soon and would already be operated in 2015," State-owned Enterprise (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan said here on Thursday.

The project will be done by a consortium under the leadership of PT Adhi Karya. The minister made the remarks during an expose on the monorail project.

On the occasion, Dahlan was accompanied by PT Adhi Karya President Director Kiswo Dharmawan.

The minister said that the project passed on the areas of Jakarta and West Java. Therefore, its construction must be discussed with Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, West Java Governor Ahmad Heriyawan and the central government.

"There are two choices with regard to the permit for the construction of the project, namely wether its construction is to be coordinated by the Jakarta Governor and the West Java governor or it is just be handled by the central government. If the monorail system is made a central government project, it will need a presidential regulation only," the minister said.

So, he said, the beginning in the construction of the Kuningan-Cawang-East Bakasi monorail would depend on how fast the project obtained a permit.

"I personally want it to be started soon so that the problem of traffic jams in Jakarta would also be overcome soon," the minister said.

Dahlan said that the Kuningan, Cawang and East Bakasi monorail sections would need an investment of Rp9 trillion to build. The financing of the project would come from the consortium members.

State-owned firms involved in the consortium consisted of PT Jasa Marga, Pt Lembaga Electronika Negara (LEN), PT Telkom, PT Industry Kreta Api (Inka) and Bank Mandiri bank.

He did not however gave details on the financing portion each of the consortium members would bear in the construction of the first Indonesian monorail train system.

PT Adhi Karya President Director Kiswo Dharmawan said his side would start the project after he got a permit from the central and regional governments.

"We hope that this month a decision on the construction of the project would have already been made. The sooner the permit is issued the better the project would be started," he said.(*)

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