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High-speed railway project steps up efforts to deal with extreme weather

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 8, 2020   /   03:56 pm
High-speed railway project steps up efforts to deal with extreme weather A road within the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway construction zone at the Cikampek toll road, damaged by heavy rainfall at the start of the year 2020, is being repaired. (Handout/KCIC)

From trash-clearing and fixing damaged roads to preventive technical measures, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project is intensifying efforts to deal with extreme weather that has caused landslides and floods, especially across Java.

PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), the business consortium in charge of building the national strategic project, said in on Tuesday that the company had identified risks surrounding the project area to take action against potential disruption and environment damage.

“The KCJB [Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway] project is currently preparing several anticipatory measures to face extreme weather,” KCIC president director Chandra Dwiputra said in the company’s official statement.

The measures include cleaning up trash that has clogged the Jambe River near the Kilometer 19 area and recovering damaged roads on the sidelines of the Cikampek toll road near the Jatiwaringin exit gate.

Apart from recovery measures, the contractors under the KCIC consortium, which include China’s Sinohydro, China Railway Group Limited (CREC) and state-owned builder Wika, swept through a number of landslide- and flood-prone areas, “monitoring river and water gates across project locations to ensure they function normally", the statement read. "The KCJB project also recovers public [road] access that was damaged by flooding.”

Recovery of damaged public road access around the project site of the under-construction Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway near Cikampek.Recovery of damaged public road access around the project site of the under-construction Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway near Cikampek. (Handout/KCIC)

Extreme weather and heavy rain that hit Greater Jakarta, West Java and almost all other parts of Indonesia have affected infrastructure development projects across the country.

The US$6 billion Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway is to be integrated with four transit-oriented developments (TODs) along the railway line at Halim, Karawang, Walini and Tegaluar. However, areas along the railway are prone to disasters such as flooding and landslides.

The railway is expected to cut travel time between the two major cities of Indonesia to 45 minutes, compared with the normal three-hour train ride. (roi)