Jakarta. The construction of Jakarta's first underground railway system goes as planned, the company behind the project, Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta, said on Wednesday (17/05).
"It will be complete, 100 percent, before the Asian Games ... We have a very high degree of confidence because there's been not much deviation [from the plan]," MRT Jakarta president director William P. Sabandar said.
The 2018 Asian Games is scheduled to take place between Aug. 18 and Sept. 2, with Jakarta and Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra, hosting the event.
William said that by now the company has completed 71.39 percent of the underground and the elevated tracks and aims for a 93-percent completion by the end of the year.
MRT Jakarta expects the train rolling-stock to arrive from Japan in April next year, William said.
Under MRT Jakarta's published master plan, track construction should be complete by July next year.
The 10.7 kilometer track is the first phase of Jakarta's Mass Rapid Transit system, which is expected to ease the city's traffic. The track will span from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to Bundaran Hotel Indonesia in the city center and will serve 412,000 commuters a day.
Plans for the second phase of the construction are going to include the reclaimed K Island off the shores of Ancol recreational park in North Jakarta.