New Train from Japan - Photo by MRT Jakarta

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian Government has released PT Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta (MRT Jakarta) map trace of the second phase railway to connect Hotel Indonesia circle to Kampung Bandan Railway Station located on the border of North and Central Jakarta.

President Director of MRT Jakarta William Sabandar told reporters on Tuesday (27/02), the MRT phase-two trace’s permit was signed by Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat last year. He explained, the length of MRT Jakarta’s second phase railway is 7.8 kilometers that will pass through eight stations.

One station will be an at-grade platform in Kampung Bandan and seven other stations will be built underground. Kampung Bandan will act as a depot and a station.

MRT Jakarta is currently working hard to finalize the construction of MRT corridor I Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to Hotel Indonesia Circle before it shifts the focus on the second phase construction.

Previously Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi has said MRT project Phase I will be operational by early this year, and a feasibility study for Phase II is now going on. He added, the first phase of the East-West project will need around Rp80 trillion (US$5.93 billion), including an elevated section.

‘For the East-West projects we asked for more detailed requirements of the DOT (Development of Transit), how local contractors are to be involved and how they can enter,’ Sumadi said.

Vice Governor of Jakarta Sandiaga Uno also has met Japanese Foreign Minister Kazuyuki Nakane in Tokyo. He said, Japan is interested in returning to cooperate in the next phase of the MRT Jakarta project.

MRT Jakarta has declared the 1st and 2nd rail-based mass transport are ready to be shipped from Japan to Jakarta. The plan is the train will be aboard on March 28 from Toyokawa Plant. MRT Jakarta has 16 sets of train and consisting of six wagons.

“We have already conducted a review and witnessed the testing of the trains at its factory manufacture, Toyokawa Plant owned by Nippon Sharyo, Japan,” said Sabandar on Feb. 19.

As known, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has conducted the appraisal mission of MRT Jakarta Phase II. According to Director of MRT Jakarta Construction Silvia Halim for the loans of phase II, Jakarta Administration gave 51 percent and the central government 49 percent.

Per this month the total progress of MRT Jakarta Phase 1 is already 92 percent. Uno assure his office will accelerate the entire venue renovation work and plan the integration of all public transportation modes and adequate road facilities for Asian Games 2018.

“The point of connectivity, the movement of people from venue to venue, should be ascertained well. How MRT development can be integrated as well, Transjakarta also, there is also Light Rail Transit,” he said.

Uno continued, the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta continues to coordinate with the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee to ensure all work is completed on time.