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Jakarta Post

Jakpro doubts Velodrome-Tanah Abang LRT can be built soon

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 1, 2018   /   05:37 pm
Jakpro doubts Velodrome-Tanah Abang LRT can be built soon An LRT train is ready to depart from Velodrome Station in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, during a test run on Aug. 29. (JP/David Caessarre)

Although the Jakarta administration has proposed additional funding for city-owned firm PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) to develop a new light rapid transit (LRT) line, the company’s president director doubts the project could get started soon. 

Governor Anies Baswedan proposed allocating a Rp 4.6 trillion (US$311.6 million) capital injection (PMD) into the company in the 2018 budget revision to enable the company to start building an LRT line connecting Velodrome in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, to Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta.

The Velodrome-Tanah Abang line will be the second LRT project after the company developed the pioneer line connecting Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, to Velodrome.

Jakpro president director Dwi Wahyu Daryoto said he was unsure about beginning the project this year. He said the Rp 1.8 trillion budget allocated to develop the new line was a follow up to a governor’s letter to the Transportation Ministry on May 14 to inform it about the project.

Dwi said Jakpro was still waiting for the ministry’s director general of railway transportation to approve the plan. He could only guarantee that the line would reach Manggarai, which is already included in the ministry’s master plan. 

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“If [the budget request] is approved, at least we can it to [build] to Manggarai,” Dwi said on Friday during a hearing with the Jakarta Legislative Council’s Commission B overseeing the economy. 

The commission’s coordinator, Ferrial Sofyan of the Democratic Party, questioned whether Jakpro could deliver the project. “If they’re unsure, why should we give them [the money]?” he said. (gis)