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Mitsubishi Sumitomo to start construction of an electric railway system in Indonesia
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Monday, 15 Oct 2012
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The Jakarta Post reported that Japan's Mitsubishi Sumitomo Joint Operation is set to begin the construction of an electric railway system and four track line connecting Bekasi and Cikarang in West Java later in October 2012.

The company's representatives Mr Yoshiharu Watanabe signed the agreement for the USD 250 million project with the Transportation Ministry's railway director general Mr Tundjung Inderawan in Jakarta.

The project will be financed by a long term soft loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Mr Yoshiharu said that "We need around 45 months to construct the project and we are going to start it in the next 14 days."

He said the project would also include track modifications spanning 17 kilometers from Bekasi to Cikarang, new sub stations in several locations such as Buaran, Cakung and East Bekasi, an interlocking system in Manggarai, Jatinegara and Cipinang in Jakarta and telecommunications facilities along the Bekasi Cikarang section.

Mr Tundjung said the project would help ease road congestion in Jakarta and surrounding areas. He added that "Road congestion in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi is getting more severe day by day. A railway system is the perfect solution to ease traffic congestion in Greater Jakarta because it provides more space to accommodate passengers and freight."

In addition, the project aimed at separating the passenger and freight rail traffic from Java to Jakarta and vice versa.

Bekasi Cikarang forms part of the 32 kilometer four track project connecting Manggarai and Cikarang that has been suspended for eight years due to problems ranging from finance to land acquisition.

The major project was divided into four packages: the Bekasi Cikarang electrification system and four track upgrade, Manggarai Station's modernization and track modification, Jatinegara Station's modernization and establishment of Matraman Station and a four track line connecting Jatinegara and Bekasi.

He said that the Jakarta Bekasi four track line was expected to start next year. He added that "We are currently accelerating the whole four-track project because this project will help boost the economy and reduce logistics costs across Java."

Moreover, he said that the tracks would support the Trans Java project linking Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java, along the northern coastal highway, construction of which is set to be finished by the end of 2013.

Source - The Jakarta Post

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