The Jakarta Post
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...