The Jakarta Post
Light rail transit (LRT) projects in Jakarta and in Palembang, South Sumatra, are expected to set an example for similar projects in the future and also facilitate technology transfer, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.
"We do not have any experience in this field — in the construction of MRT, LRT and even high-speed rail. We hope that these constructions can be a sort of technology transfer," he said before a closed-door meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta on Monday.
Furthermore, he highlighted the need to improve cooperation between the central government and local administrations in order to complete projects on schedule.
"We can use this as a cooperation model in the future that can be implemented in other cities," Jokowi said.
The construction of both LRT projects is expected to support the upcoming Asian Games.
The LRT from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport in Palembang is expected to span 23 kilometers and pass through 13 stations. Meanwhile, the Jakarta LRT project will connect a number of sports arenas in Jakarta for the Games and connect Jakarta to neighboring cities.
State-owned construction firm PT Adhi Karya previously said it would need an additional Rp 7 trillion (US$525.6 million) in funding for the development if the Jakarta LRT project this year. So far, the company has spent Rp 2.5 trillion on the project. (bbn)
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