MRT to reach North Jakarta stadium: Minister
The Jakarta Post
The government is considering extending the MRT service from Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta to the planned BMW soccer stadium in Sunter, North Jakarta, an official has said.
According to the previous plan, the second phase of the MRT's construction would reach Kampung Bandan in North Jakarta, which would also serve as a train depot. However, a land acquisition problem has prompted a change of plan.
“We may extend it to Ancol or to BMW stadium,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi told reporters on Tuesday. “We see a high volume of vehicles commuting to and from Ancol and Tanjung Priok.”
The first phase of the construction, which connects Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, has reached 97 percent completion and the service is expected to commence commercial operation in March next year.
The construction of the second phase is scheduled to begin early next year.
With the planned extension, Budi said that the government would need to seek an additional Rp 10 trillion (US$686.62 million) to fund the project on top of the initial budget of Rp 20 trillion. (fac)
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