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Construction of LRT in Palembang reaches 40 percent

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 25, 2017   /   01:03 pm
Construction of LRT in Palembang reaches 40 percent Workers are seen constructing a light rail transit (LRT) station in Palembang, South Sumatra. The LRT Palembang project includes 13 stations. (Antara/ Feny selly)

The Transportation Ministry has said the construction of the light rail transit (LRT) project in Palembang, the provincial capital of South Sumatra, has reached 40.6 percent as of April.

Transportation modes are being set up for athletes and spectators looking to attend the 2018 Asian Games jointly hosted by Palembang and Jakarta.

“Initially, we expected the physical construction of the project to be completed in December 2017,” said the head of the Transportation Ministry’s railway inspection department, Jumardi, as reported by kontan.co.id on Tuesday.

(Read also: LRT Palembang contract to be signed on Thursday)

He estimated that the project would be fully completed in January 2018. One section of the LRT crosses the Musi River and therefore has a lengthy construction time, with the construction of a 475-meter long bridge required.

There are five LRT routes in Palembang: Sultan Mahmud International Airport-Badarudding- Airport Intersection-Tanjung Api-Api; Jl. Tanjung Api-Api-Jl. Kol. H. Burlian-Jl. Demang Lebar Daun-Police headquarters intersection; Angkatan 45 intersection-Jl. Angkatan 45- Palembang Icon intersection-Jl.  Kapten A Rivai-Charitas intersection-Jl. Jenderal Sudirman; Ampera Bridge-Jl. Gubernur HA Bastari; and a fifth route that passes through Jakabaring Sport City.

The total cost of the Palembang LRT project is estimated at Rp 9.4 trillion (US$707.51 million).