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Lippo Cikarang Proposes Rail Link for Country's Main Industrial Area

BY :DION BISARA & EDO RUSYANTO

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

Jakarta. Lippo Cikarang, the industrial complex developer arm of conglomerate Lippo Group, has proposed a rail based automated people mover to connect industrial areas in Bekasi, Cikarang and Karawaci in West Java.

The $300 million APM project is expected to alleviate traffic throughout the area, a relief for commuters facing daily severe traffic jams, and in turn accelerate growth within the region.

"There will be faster movement of people and goods and so the economy prospect for the region would increase significantly," Stanley Ang, the chief marketing officer of Lippo Cikarang, said.

Lippo Cikarang said it would complete a feasibility study for the project by the end of this year.

The government would make the ultimate decision for which company develops the infrastructure project, but the originator company often has privileges which makes it the likeliest party over competing developers.

Suharto, the director of planning and development at Jakarta Greater Area Transportation Management (BPTJ), said the government has included the APM project in the transportation development master plan for the capital city and its surrounding area.

"We estimated APM would cost around $300 million. So, we encourage the private sector to develop the transport system for the area," he said.

The APM project would also connect to the East Bekasi-Cawang light rail transportm which is currently under development, providing direct access to Jakarta's downtown.

Stanley said the project would provide transport for at least a couple of millions employees working with more than 4,000 manufacturers in Bekasi, Karawang and Cikarang.

"This is a project that is highly anticipated by investors," Stanley said.

The APM project would be the latest infrastructure project slated for the region, following the Jakarta Bandung high speed train, Patimban deep sea port and Kertajati International airport in Subang.

The Jakarta Globe and Lippo Cikarang are both affiliated through Lippo.

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