Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia’s government is considering expanding the Jakarta LRT and offering China a role in an extended airport link as Japanese officials arrive to discuss their own railway projects.
The government is currently working to a planned 42 kilometres of LRT lines connecting Jakarta with its satellite cities. The route runs for 18.5 kilometres from east Jakarta to a town called East Bekasi, the extension being discussed could see the line double in length to reach the town of Meikarta which is a further 20 kilometres east.
‘We will soon conduct an integrated study with our deputy of infrastructure next week. Then, we will discuss with the residents and landowners in the area [Bekasi regency], hopefully, next month we are able to make a decision’ said coordinating maritime affairs minister Luhut Pandjaitan on the sidelines of an event in Meikarta.
Meanwhile President Joko Widodo met with former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda who is now chairman of the Japan Indonesia Association for Economy Cooperation.
The Japanese government is involved in two rail projects, the Jakarta-Surabaya medium-speed railway and the second phase of the Jakarta MRT.
Transportation minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will make its final recommendations for the Jakarta-Surabaya railway project in November.
On the same day it was announced that Indonesia may offer a project to construct an extended railway connecting Jakarta and West Java to PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), a joint venture between an Indonesian company and a Chinese company.
Budi Karya Sumadi said the extension will cover more than 63 kilometres and that the government is looking for new investors in the $6 billion project. The extended railway will link up with the 142 kilometre track from East Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport and connect to the new international airport being built in West Java, Kertajati International Airport.