Penumpang berada di dalam MRT Jakarta, di Jakarta, Senin (6/4/2020). Pasca diterbitkannya Permenkes tentang Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar (PSBB) dalam rangka Percepatan Penanganan COVID-19, moda transportasi MRT, KRL, LRT, dan Transjakarta mulai dilakukan pembatasan armada dan jam operasional. ANTARA FOTO/Muhammad Adimaja/hp.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – PT MRT Jakarta, a city-owned train operator, has begun the construction of Phase 2 of the railway projects after it was stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic. The next route is to build from Thamrin to Monas in Central Jakarta, was initially planned to ground on March. 

“The phase II construction has been commenced,” said the president director, William Sabandar, during hearing with regional parliament today (07/09) by adding the length of the Phase 2 is around six kilometers.  

Due to this force major conditions, MRT Jakarta has revised its deadline to March 30, 2025. The halted also postpones other four projects that were initially supposed to be worked on in parallel to the 5.8-kilometer railway construction. Meanwhile, the length of the Phase 2B railway project is six kilometers. 

He also reported that it has received Rp22.5 trillion (US$1.57 billion) funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The company also seeking and additional Rp7.3 trillion funding that has been submitted to the parliament.

MRT Jakarta has signed the loans agreement with JICA since 2018. At that year, JICA lend about JPY70.21 billion or $654.72 million with an interest of 0.1 percent and a 40-year tenure.

In 2015, Japan helped the project with loan 1.92 billion Yen for engineering services MRT Jakarta East-West Line Project Phase I and construction of MRT Jakarta Phase I Stage 2 worth of 75.22 million Yen.

This agreement was the initial stage before the loan was signed by JICA and ministry of finance. The government has released 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.

Sabandar explained on Feb. 27, the MRT phase-two trace’ permit was signed by former Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat in 2017. The second phase’ project has length of 7.8 kilometers that will pass through eight stations.

Last year, MRT Jakarta has finalize the construction of MRT corridor I Lebak Bulus to Hotel Indonesia Circle. Last month, the company has established a joint venture company (JVC) with the state run train operator, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) to manage the transportation in the Greater Jakarta.

The new entity will be 51 percent owned by MRT Jakarta and 49 percent by KAI, the parent company of commuter line operator, PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia and airport train operator PT Railink. According to Jakarta’ governor, Anies Baswedan, each station was arranged for the convenience of the passengers.

Not only arrange public transportation, the JVC also to manage all railway stations and develop transit-oriented-development at designated stations. he wants to increase another four to five integrated stations in the city.

Since last year, President of Indonesia Joko Widodo has announced to integrated Jakarta and its surrounding transportation management (Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi). The projects its estimating need investment up to Rp571 trillion.

The amount to meet the development of MRT and Light Rail Transit, settlements, clean water, wastewater management. He said the construction was not carried out in stages from 30-40 years. While the construction of the four basic needs will be speeded up in 10 years so that it can be completed in the next 2030.

Widodo stressed the acceleration of the development and management of integrated transportation in Jakarta was urgent because it had caused losses of around Rp100 trillion per year. For this reason, the President emphasized, there should be no more sectoral egos, ministry egos, regional egos because everything that exists is the national interest.

He said the importance of integrating urban transportation systems with spatial planning. He wants intermodal connectivity and continuity, both MRT, LRT, Electric Rail, Trans Jakarta, then other modes of transportation. These steps will greatly reduce congestion in Jakarta and the surrounding area.

For the MRT, the Jakarta Regional Government proposes the need for network extension from the current 16 kilometers to 223 kilometers. LRT from 5.8 kilometers, takes up to 116 kilometers, and Trans Jakarta from 431 kilometers currently to 2,149

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