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Jakarta Post

Airport train project to start from scratch

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 11 2011   /  09:21 am

The Transportation Ministry signed an agreement with state infrastructure financing company PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) on Thursday to kick-start a railway project that will link Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Manggarai Railway Station in South Jakarta.

The project has been abandoned since 2005 due to a combination of problems ranging from land acquisition to financing.

With all the obstacles, the project will be offered for tender in 2013 in order to accelerate construction, according to the Transportation Ministry’s director general for trains, Tundjung Inderawan.

“This is one of the vital national projects and we have to work harder and faster because we badly need a strategic solution to accommodate travelers to the airport. Any company that can offer Indonesia the best is welcome to take part in the tender,” Tundjung said.

He sa...