Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has confirmed that the government will ground break the second phase of Jakarta mass rapid transit (MRT) on March 24.
President Jokowi will inaugurate the first phase of Jakarta MRT on the same day. He will be accompanied by a number of high-ranking officials during the inauguration ceremony.
"We will hold the groundbreaking ceremony," President Jokowi told reporters on Tuesday
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President Jokowi inspected the first phase of Jakarta MRT earlier today. He participated in a trial run from Bundaran Hotel Indonesia station in Central Jakarta to Lebak Bulus station in South Jakarta.
The first phase of Jakarta MRT will connect Bundaran Hotel Indonesia and Lebak Bulus. The route will include have 7 elevated stations and 6 underground stations.
The second phase of Jakarta MRT will connect Bundaran Hotel Indonesia and Kampung Bandan. The route is expected to be operational by 2024.
"The quality is very good. It is capable of carrying 1,800 passengers per trip," President Jokowi told the press after the trial run.
"We should prepare similar public transportation in Palembang, North Sumatera, Bandung, Surabaya, and Makassar. We should now wait until it is too late," President Jokowi noted.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed authroities to integrate public transportation services in Greater Jakarta. He strongly believes that the policy could reduce traffic issues in the region.
The Greater Jakarta region comprises Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi. It has a population of more than 28 million people.
The region is the most populous urban area in Indonesia. It is also the center of government and economy of the country.
"Traffic congestion in Jakarta, Bekasi and Tangerang has caused massive economic losses. This issue has been ignored for decades," President Jokowi told a limited cabinet meeting this morning.
"Ministries, agencies, regions should remove sectoral ego. We should prioritize our national interest," President Jokowi noted.