The Archipelago

Island in focus: Double-track
to transport coal set to
be built

PALEMBANG: The government will construct a double track railway for coal deliveries in South Sumatra next year, and start building the Sunda Strait Bridge (JSS) and Trans Sumatra highway mega projects in 2014, as permits and regulations will be finalized in 2012, says Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Radjasa in Palembang.

“Every form of permit and regulation related to the project will soon be completed this year, including implementing regulations,” said Hatta on Saturday.

According to Hatta, in 2012 every matter concerning regulation and licensing must be completed, especially since the mega projects are included in the master plan agenda on accelerated economic growth expansion.

The government will immediately realize coal infrastructure by building the double-track railway line to transport coal by PT BA and state-run railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia.

“All licensing regarding the construction of the double-track railway line will be completed this year,” he said.

The double-track railway line in South Sumatra will connect Lubik Linggau, Tebing Tinggi, Muara Enim, Prabumulih and Tanjung Api-Api Port and span 270 kilometers.

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