Investors from Japan, United Kingdom and South Korea will be involved in the construction of the new MRT line. The project feasibility study is targeted for completion in 2023 and construction can begin in 2024.
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JAKARTA, KOMPAS - Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed that investors from Japan and the United Kingdom will participate in the construction of mass rapid transit’s (MRT) East-West Corridor while South Korea will become the investor for the MRT’s Fatmawati-TMII phase 4 construction. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed during the Group of Twenty (G20) events next month.
After welcoming acting governor of Jakarta, Heru Budi Hartono, at the Transportation Ministry building, on Monday (24/10/2022), Budi Karya explained that the MRT phase 3 or the East-West Corridor will pass through West Java, Jakarta and Banten. Stretching for 87 kilometers, the MRT’s East-West Corridor will connect Cikarang in West Java to Balaraja in Banten.
For the construction of the MRT phase 3, the feasibility study process is currently underway. This process is estimated to be completed in 2023 so that the MRT phase 3 can be built in 2024.
"So, indeed, we are conducting a feasibility study for the East-West Corridor. We hope that the feasibility study can be completed in 2023 and in 2024 we will have started [construction]," said Budi Karya.
Regarding the financing by investors from Japan and the UK, according to Budi Karya, the investment value will be known after the feasibility study is complete. "So, at this time the nominal is not known yet," explained Budi.
As reported, on the agenda of the Journalist Forum of the regional-owned PT MRT Jakarta on 30 June 2022, PT MRT Jakarta president director William P Sabandar said that the Japanese government is committed to funding the construction of the MRT phase 3 or the East-West Corridor. This commitment is specifically to finance the construction of the MRT phase 3 segment 1 in the Jakarta area.
The Japanese government is sure to be interested in and committed to funding the MRT phase 3 segment 1 project
As is known, from the planned phase 3 MRT, which is 87 km long, in the Jakarta area the phase 3 route is 31.7 km long. The remaining 55.3 km track is located in West Java and Banten. For phase 3, which passes through Jakarta, MRT construction is divided into two segments. Segment 1 is from Tomang to Ujung Menteng and segment 2 is from Tomang to Kembangan.
The Japanese government is sure to be interested in and committed to funding the MRT phase 3 segment 1 project in the Jakarta area from Tomang, West Jakarta, to Ujung Menteng, East Jakarta, a distance of 24.5 km.
In addition to the MRT phase 3 of the East-West Corridor, according to Budi Karya, in discussions with Heru it was also revealed that the MRT phase 4 of the Fatmawati-Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) Corridor has also got investors. Specifically, investors from South Korea.
"This is our advantage. With [the presence of] multinational investors, we can open tenders, everyone can participate so that we get the cheaper ones. With this, there is competition and we have coordinated with the parties; they agree to build transportation [facilities] together," said the Transportation Minister.
On this occasion, Heru explained, Jakarta is focusing on public transportation, especially related to the LRT and MRT. In addition, Jakarta will also synchronize with the financing in the 2023 APBD.
“There are several things we can do. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done related to transportation, and gradually the results that we prioritize will be seen,” explained Heru.
Separately, the head of the Jakarta Transportation Office, Syafrin Liputo, explained that for work on the contract package (CP) 202 from Harmoni to Mangga Besar, which began in July, traffic management supports the construction work. "Traffic management will take effect from 14 October 2022 to 28 February 2023," explained Syafrin.
Traffic flow on Jalan Gajah Mada (toward Kota area) and Jalan Hayam Wuruk has not changed. This means that from the Harmoni intersection to the Jalan KH Hasyim Ashari intersection, the traffic flow consists of two regular lanes and two Transjakarta lanes. Then, from the intersection of Jalan KH Hasyim Ashari to the Mangga Besar intersection, the traffic consists of two regular vehicle lanes and one mixed lane, namely a regular traffic lane and TransJakarta lane.
"For motorists on Jalan Gajah Mada who want to turn back to Jalan Hayam Wuruk at the Sawah Besar intersection and at the Mangga Besar intersection, they can take the far right path," explained Syafrin.