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Jakarta Post

Rp 6t railway project to boost train capacity, economic expansion

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 16 2011   /  08:00 am

The government has earmarked up to Rp 6 trillion (US$684 million) to finalize the 727-kilometer double track railway in northern Java.

Work has already been completed on the Jakarta–Cirebon section.

Deputy Transportation Minister Bambang Sutantono said the project on the northern coast area of Java would be completed in 2013.

“The urgent work to complete is connecting Cirebon and Kroya,” he said after attending a signing ceremony in Bandung on Thursday.

The ceremony marked a grant worth $593,954 by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to state railway firm PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI).

The railway project is part of the Indonesia Economic Development Expansion and Acceleration master plan program. “First the north coast line, then the south line will follow suit,” Bambang said.

PT KAI spokesperson Sugeng Priyono s...