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Jakarta Post

MRT grinds to a start

  • Sita W. Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, May 2 2013 | 10:18 pm

Jakarta Governor Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo officially launched the Mass Rapid Transit ( MRT ) at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Thursday. The first phase will connect Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the traffic circle.

'€œAfter planning and waiting for 24 years, this evening that the MRT project officially begins,'€ Jokowi said.

 Dono Boestami, president director of the project operator city-owned PT MRT Jakarta, who was also on site, unveiled two consortia of comprised Japanese and Indonesian companies that won tenders for the first three underground constructions.

 '€œA consortium of Shimizu-Obayashi-Wijaya Karya-Jaya Konstruksi will carry out two underground construction while another, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company ( SMCC )-Hutama Karya will handle the other,'€ Dono said. The three underground packages are scheduled for completion in 2017 at a cost of Rp 3.6 trillion.

Tenders for five other construction packages are underway. ( nai/dic )

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