Jakarta to Start Construction on Monorail System

JAKARTA ~

After five years of inactivity, the 30-kilometre Jakarta monorail project has resumed construction following its launch by Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, on Wednesday.

The US$1.5 billion monorail project, which is expected to ease Jakarta’s heavy traffic jams, came to a grinding halt five years ago due to financial problems, though monorail pillars had already been installed in several sections across the city.

“With thanks to God, today, we will resume construction on the project. There will be no pillars lying around idle and unused,” Jokowi said while inaugurating the groundbreaking ceremony in the Kuningan area of South Jakarta on Wednesday.

“The 30-kilometre-long track comprises the 14.5-kilometre Green Lane (Kuningan, Dukuh Atas, Pejompongan, Senayan, Gatot Subroto, SCBD) and the 15.5-kilometre Blue Lane (Kampung Malayu, Tebet, Casablanca, Tanang Abang, Mall Taman Aggrek Mall),” PT Jakarta Monorail (JM) Technical Director Bovananto explained.

JM CEO Edward Soeryadjaya noted that the construction of this monorail is expected to cost US$1.5 billion, of which US$900 million will go towards the construction of the track and carriages and US$600 million will go toward the construction of stations.

“There will be a total of 14 stations and 200 monorail carriages, which will be divided between the blue line and the green line. Each monorail train will have six to eight wagons,” Edward said.

JM is collaborating with China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC) in the construction of the monorail system as well as its stations and an assembly plant.

Jakarta Governor Widodo stated he was confident that the project will be completed by the end of 2016.

“For 24 years, residents of Jakarta have dreamt of having an MRT. During this period, some have perhaps lost hope because the project never came to fruition. Thank God, today, the groundbreaking ceremony could be completed, and it is hoped the project will be finished in 2018,” the governor said.

During the monorail groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Jokowi had remarked that the MRT, monorail, TransJakarta, Kopaja MetroMini, and the commuter line train (KRL) will all be integrated to serve those using public transportation.

“Once the monorail and the MRT start functioning, additional buses, the TransJakarta buses, the MRT, the monorail, TransJakarta, Kopaja, MetroMini, and KRL will all be integrated,” he stated.

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