Joko Wants Transport Projects Sped Up to Tackle Lost Productivity

President Joko Widodo, center, with members of his cabinet announcing the push at the presidential palace on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

By : Edo Karensa | on 12:04 PM March 30, 2016
Category : News, Jakarta, Featured, Transportation

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo on Tuesday (29/03) said he wants integrated public transport to be implemented soon in Jakarta and Bandung, with delays losing Rp 35 trillion ($2.6) in lost productivity.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting at State Palace on Wednesday (30/03) the president wants all transportation projects in the two cities expedited.

The construction of the country's first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is underway in the capital, as is the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) connecting Jakarta and its southern suburbs Bogor. Meanwhile, construction for a Jakarta-Bandung fast train and a commuter line connecting Jakarta to Soekarno-Hatta Airport is set to begin soon.

The other priority is that Indonesia will host the 18th Asian Games in 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra, Joko said.

“This [public transport] development is absolutely necessary because we don’t want to lose money due to traffic jams,” Joko said.

Joko has called on the regional governments to promptly solve barriers to LRT development, including specification, permits, funding, spatial planning and intersections with other public infrastructure like flyovers and MRT tracks.

Several LRT projects in Greater Jakarta have been started last September, including the routes of Cibubur-Cawang, East Bekasi-Cawang and Cawang-Dukuh. Palembang has also started its LRT projects as well in preparation to welcome the 2018 Asian Games.

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said the LRT development in the capital will be started in July after it was legally disrupted as the relevant government regulation doesn’t specifically stipulate that provincial administrations can give projects to regional-owned state enterprises.

However, Basuki ensured the LRT development can be finished just before the capital hosts Asian Games in August 2018.

“I have given Rp 4 trillion to [regional-owned] Jakpro meanwhile Wijaya Karya has committed to provide another Rp 1 trillion to join this project,” Basuki said, as reported by Detik.com.

Earlier this month, the Transportation Ministry issued a construction permit for the first five kilometers of the Jakarta-Bandung fast train track. The permit came after the ministry and Kereta Cepat Indonesia China, a Chinese-Indonesian consortium responsible for the project, agreed to a 50-year concession for the 1370-kilometers rail track.

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