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Government turns to semi-high-speed rail

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 4, 2015   /  07:43 pm
Government turns to semi-high-speed rail Indonesian models with scale models of Chinese-made bullet trains on exhibition at a shopping mall in Jakarta on Aug. 13, 2015. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo) (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

Indonesian models with scale models of Chinese-made bullet trains on exhibition at a shopping mall in Jakarta on Aug. 13, 2015. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

After the government'€™s dumping of plans to build a high-speed railway to connect Jakarta and Bandung, the Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has said that the government is now preparing to develop a semi-high-speed rail.

The government rejected proposals for building the high-speed railway from both China and Japan due to technical and financial reasons. Semi-high-speed rail is seen as a more feasible alternative because it is less expensive and more efficient for the planned route.

'€œWe will form a team to put together a framework for the rail project; not only looking the service, but also maintenance standards and links with bus services,'€ said Darmin as quoted by Antara news agency on Friday.

Darmin sees the framework as a guideline for the rail project and the development of areas surrounding the rail.

'€œWe were recently made aware of the possibility of a semi-high-speed railway, but have not received further information yet. We are still waiting on details. Now that we have switched the project to B-to-B [business to business], we don'€™t know if Japan'€™s private company is interested,'€ said Darmin.

The government rejected high-speed rail proposals because, it says, the route is more suited to semi-high-speed rail, which runs at 200 to 250 kilometers per hour, compared to high-speed rail runs at 300 to 350 kph. (rad/bbn)

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