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Jakarta Post

Jokowi wants to cut cost of MRT, vows personal budget review

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 23 2012   /  10:00 am

Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says that he wants to cut the cost of the city’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project, amid speculation the project may be postponed for a monorail.

“I need to know the details of the contract,” Jokowi said after a meeting with Tribudi Rahardjo, the president director of city-owned PT Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta, and city officials on Monday.

“It’s not about whether we will continue or discontinue the project. I asked them [PT MRT Jakarta] to provide a detailed financial scheme and a budget comparison to other MRT projects in countries like Singapore for example,” Jokowi said.

“I will check and control the budget by myself, including the standardization of the construction materials. I told them to cut [the budget],” the governor said. “I want it reduced.”

The total cost of the project has been estimate...