Briefly paused, Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project resumes

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Kontan Online: Terhenti sementara, proyek kereta cepat Jakarta-Bandung dilanjutkan kembali

22 March 2020

By: Selvi Mayasari and Wahyu T. Rahmawati

Kontan.co.id – Jakarta. The Transportation Ministry revealed that the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project could continue, and it was set to finish as planned in December 2021 after it was paused for two weeks.

Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati said that PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) was still committed to finish the project by the target that had been set, which was in December 2021.

“Based on the information from the Railways Director General, [the project] has resumed regular construction. After two weeks of evaluation, we see that [the project] has been in line with the recommendation from the PUPR (Public Works and Public Housing) Ministry. Besides that, there are many reparations and revisions,” Adita stated through video conference on Friday (20/3).

According to Adita, until now, the target has not been reviewed. However, amid the pandemic, the Transportation Ministry and KCI can review the target that has been set.

She said that the project construction was still carried out by workers from China. However, Adita admitted that there were several workers from China that had not returned as flights from and to China were banned. Hence, construction can continue by utilising local workforce.

“I do not have the data on the number [of workers]. However, we are asking KCIC to perform regularly, and our target when we met KCIC President Director last February was still 31 December 2021,” Adita said.

The PUPR Ministry, through the Construction Safety Committee, is asking to put Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project construction on hold for two weeks from 2 March 2020.

The Transportation Ministry is asking KCIC to address the six notes from the Construction Safety Committee to resume Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project construction.

“There are at least six notes from the Construction Safety Committee, which state that the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project disturbing is disturbing the flow of traffic at toll road entrances and exits, hampering drainage systems, and making roads dirty,” Adita stated.

Next, the project construction must priorities the safety of toll road users as it causes puddles of water, congestion and disturbances to the flow of logistics. The project also builds LRT pillars without permits, and its work and safety policy has not been implemented in line with the regulation.

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