Archipelago

Makassar, neighbors to
commence monorail construction
next year

Three administrations in South Sulawesi, including the capital city of Makassar, are set to start next year the construction of a monorail to ease traffic in the area.

Makassar, along with the neighboring regencies of Maros and Gowa, which form the so-called Mamminasata region, are joining hands to build the 35-kilometer monorail expected to commence operations in 2014.

The three administrations signed Monday in Makassar a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the construction project with PT Hadji Kalla, which belongs to former vice president Jusuf Kalla.

Kalla and South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limp witnessed the signing of the MoU.

Makassar Mayor Ilham Arief Siradjuddin said the monorail was expected to ease traffic in Makassar, which has reportedly been growing worse over the previous three years.

He said that currently there were only around 8,000 public transportation vehicles to serve 514,000 commuters every day in the city.

Hadji Kalla business development director Solihin Kalla said the company would conduct a six month feasibility study before commencing construction activities.

He said the entire construction project was expected to cost a total of Rp 4 trillion (US$468 million).

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