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Jakarta Post

Jakarta MRT developer keen not to dig up trouble in route expansion

  • Sausan Atika


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 15 2020   /  01:00 am
A worker is working at the construction site of the MRT Phase 2 project in Jl. MH Thamrin. (PT MRT Jakarta/PT MRT Jakarta)

The expansion of the Jakarta MRT is under way, building on a successful launch last year. But unlike the first phase of development that resulted in a 15.7-kilometer line connecting South and Central Jakarta, phase 2A offers a bigger and more unlikely challenge. With the next phase of development set to happen entirely underground, PT MRT Jakarta is wary of accidentally excavating historical artifacts and other archeological findings in the digging process, possibly resulting in delays. The construction of an underground tunnel along the route, believed to be blanketed in historical value, will require special care so as not to cause any delays for the project, said William Sabandar, president director of the city-owned transportation company. Furthermore, the planned route will run through Kota Tua, formerly an administrative center of the city under Dutch colonial rule, which ...