Depok: The Transportation Minister, Budi Karya, said that 60 percent of the material used for Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Bekasi (Jabodebek) Integrated Rail Road (LRT) Construction Project comes from domestic resource.
Before the upcoming project test due on 18th of October, the first ever project train is being lifted to be put at the pit stop at Harjamukti Station in the city of Depok. Budi also added that there will be more 31 passenger trains to come.
“During the test, we will only run six passenger trains. This project is the second after the first one of the same type in Palembang,” said Budi on Sunday.
The test is expected to take at least one year. Meanwhile, the project is expected to be operational in 2021. Budi said that the rail road construction process has been going really well untilnow as a result of the well coordinated cooperation between PT Adhikarya and PT INKA.
Besides that, Budi also said that the funding of the project is based on the Government-Corporation Agreement (KPBU) scheme which also involves the Transportation Ministry, Finance Ministry and State-Owned Corporation Ministry.
“The construction of the LRT Cawang-Cibubur Track has reached 85,7 percent, Cawang-Dukuh Atas Track 56,1 percent. While Cawang-East Bekasi Track has so far reached 59,5 percent,” he said.
The first-stage test will be carried out for only a month, according to Budi as the project is still lacking train cars which will be gradually sent until the project is ready to be operational in 2021.
“Each train car will be sent every month. So, the train cars will be gradually sent. The fare was supposed to be at 25,000 rupiah. But the government has agreed to give subsidies so the fare will be at 12,000 rupiah,” he said.
The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Pandjaitan, said that the LRT will help reduce the traffic jam in the capital city. Moreover, during the first-stage test only six trains will be run, with each train capable of transporting 250 passengers.
“It is expected that these trains will be able to transport a total of 1,500 passengers. This will help reduce traffic jam in Jakarta and also air pollution,” said Luhut.
Writer: Muhammad Gestinev