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Lack of interest, pandemic hamper MRT phase 2

  • Sausan Atika

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 21 2020   /  01:00 am
A worker prays at the construction site of phase II of the Jakarta MRT project during his break on Aug. 20. The 5.8 kilometer phase II will have seven underground stations: Sarinah, Monas, Harmoni, Sawah Besar, Mangga Besar, Glodok and Kota. JP/Dhoni Setiawan(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The ambitious, fully underground construction plan for the second phase of the Jakarta MRT is facing a stumbling block resulting from a lack of interest by construction firms in working on such a complex project combined with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials have said. The section facing possible postponement is the 1.8 kilometer underground tunnel connecting Harmoni to Mangga Besar in Central Jakarta. It is part of the 6.3 km second phase of the Jakarta MRT that, if completed, will stretch from the Hotel Indonesia (HI) traffic circle in Central Jakarta to Kota in West Jakarta. The second phase of construction consists of several contracts, including the ongoing construction of a 2.8 km tunnel from the HI traffic circle to the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta called CP201. It extends the first phase of the subway service stretching 15.7 km from Lebak Bulu...