Indonesia waiting for study on Jakarta-Surabaya train project. The government is awaiting the result of a feasibility study on the Jakarta-Surabaya medium speed rail project conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) before construction proceeds.
“Previously a pre-feasibility study had been conducted. Now, the feasibility study is still under way. It will take about one year or more,” said Transportation Ministry Railway Director General Zulfikri as reported by kompas.com on Friday.
He explained the feasibility study took a lot of time because it sought a formula to ensure the total investment would not exceed Rp60 trillion (US$4.11 billion).
“JICA needs to calculate the investment, which the ministers want to ensure does not exceed Rp60 trillion,” Zulfikri said, adding that the ministry had informed JICA about several requirements for the project.
The requirements include the local content level for the project and the journey time, which is expected to be 5.5 hours to travel along a 700-kilometer railway.
The longer time taken for the study is also a result of dropping the initial plan for an elevated railway, Zulfikri said, adding that under the new revised project, JICA needed to find a way to deal with more than 1,000 railway crossings along the track. Indonesia waiting for study on Jakarta-Surabaya train project (bbn, The Jakarta Post)
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