Investor Daily, 4-5 March, 2017, Page 6, Section: Infrastructure & Transportations
By Deandra Syarizka
JAKARTA - The second phase construction of the rail-based mass transit - mass rapid transit (MRT) – is to have its route extended; the route, which originally starts from Hotel Indonesia (HI) Roundabout and ends in Kampung Bandan, has now been changed to HI Roundabout - East Ancol. The extension of this route follows the signing of a joint agreement or memorandum of understanding (MoU) between PT MRT Jakarta and PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol (PJA) Tbk, as the owner of the land in East Ancol area.
The MoU was signed by President Director of PT MRT Jakarta, Wiliam Sabandar, and President Director of PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol Tbk, C Paul Tehusijarana. The process was witnessed by Governor of Special Capital Territory of Jakarta (DKI Jakarta), Basuki Purnama Tjahya, at DKI Jakarta City Hall, Friday (3 March).
Head of Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) of DKI Jakarta, Tuti Kusumawati, said that the MoU signing between PT MRT Jakarta and PT PJA is a follow-up action of a directive from Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), when making a visit to the location of the MRT project some time ago.
"Mr. President has given a directive to accelerate the second phase development of the MRT. The second phase MRT construction was originally scheduled to begin in 2019, and the commencement has been asked to be made early, by 2018," said Tuti during the event.
As a measure for the acceleration, she added, the MoU has been signed pertaining to the change in the development plan of the second-phase MRT, with its route extended from just until Kampung Bandan, to East Ancol now.
"Because it is not possible to build an MRT depot in Kampung Bandan, we have extended [the route] up to East Ancol. This makes the route longer, originally from HI Roundabout to Kampung Bandang it stretches for 8.5km; with the route now covering HI Roundabout - East Ancol, it has become 14.6km,” she explained.
William said that the cooperation between the two local government-owned enterprises (BUMDs) of DKI Jakarta is the manifestation of synergy between the two companies owned by DKI Jakarta Provincial Government. This cooperation will be an excellent opportunity for improving public facilities, including public access to the Ancol area, making it easier and more affordable. "PT PJA will provide land allocation to MRT Jakarta for the development of MRT station and depot in the area for the second phase works," said William.
He said that the route extension will support the people’s lifestyle change towards utilisation of public transport and provide optimal benefits for the communities in Jakarta and its buffer zones. "DKI Jakarta Provincial Government seeks to realise the mass rapid transport facility, or the MRT, which will be one of the solutions to parse traffic jams in Jakarta," he said.
In the aftermath of the inspection made by President Joko Widodo on MRT Jakarta’s Setiabudi Station on 23 February 2017, the construction progress of MRT Jakarta to date has reached 65 percent. The construction of MRT Jakarta’s underground structure has been 80 percent completed, while the elevated structure is up to 50 percent completed. Efforts are being made to accelerate the completion of the project, so that MRT Jakarta can operate from 1 March 2019.
In the first phase, the length Lebak Bulus - HI Roundabout route is 16km, and this will serve 173,400 passengers every day through 16 sets of trains, consisting of 14 sets of operational trains and two backup train sets. The travel time is 30 minutes with a headway of five minutes.
In the second phase, the HI Roundabout - East Ancol route along 13.5km is planned to begin construction in 2019 and become operational in 2021. The third phase of Cikarang - Balaraja route along 87km will be constructed in 2020. It is expected that the construction of this phase will be completed in 2024 - 2027. (b1/ean)