Construction of Jakarta's long-awaited $2.4 billion Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT) will start in October after a decision is reached on the relocation of several affected busway stops, the company building the rail system said on Thursday.
"The targets have not changed at all, they are still the same," PT MRT President Director Dono Boestami said. "The target is for the construction to start in October but before that there needs to be some preparation work."
Dono said the company would coordinate with the relevant government institutions to decide on where to move busway stops affected by underground construction.
“Early next week, we will already begin moving those bus stops elsewhere," Dono said. "We are working in cooperation with the Jakarta transportation office."
The MRT will be built by two consortia but the cooperation contract has yet to be signed with the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) as the loan provider.
“At the moment, the cooperation contracts that have been signed between PT MRT and the two consortia are being studied by JICA. Once these contracts are approved by JICA we will start the work," Dono said. "What is certain, is that everything is proceeding as scheduled and on target."
The first phase of the North-South corridor will link Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle. The second phase will run 8.1 kilometers from Kampung Bandan station in North Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle.