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Jakarta Post

Palembang LRT to begin commercial service in May 2018

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 24, 2017   /   03:09 pm
Palembang LRT to begin commercial service in May 2018 All set: South Sumatra governor Alex Noerdin (left) attends a press conference on the 2018 Asian Games at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Jan.11, which was attended by Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Puan Maharani (center), Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung (third left), Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi (third right), Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimulyono (second left), West Java deputy governor Deddy Mizwar (right) and National Olympics Committee (KOI) chairman Erick Thohir (second right). (ANTARA FOTO/Widodo S Jusuf)

Palembang, the provincial capital of South Sumatra, will see the light rail transit (LRT) starting its commercial service in May 2018, an official has said.

South Sumatra governor Alex Noerdin said on Tuesday that the construction of the LRT would be finished at the beginning of Feb 2018. After a trial run for three months, the LRT would be ready for commercial operation in May.

If you want to try the first ever LRT in Indonesia, please come to Palembang," Alex told journalists at the State Palace in Jakarta.

With a total construction cost of Rp 9.4 trillion (US$707 million), the Palembang LRT has a total length of 23.4 kilometers. The LRT construction is to support the 2018 Asian Games that Palembang will host along with Jakarta.

The LRT will connect Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport and the Jakabaring sports complex. The route has 13 stations, which are being constructed by state-owned construction firm PT Waskita Karya (Persero). (ebf)