Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Ahok Blames Japan for Delayed MRT Construction

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  • Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) illustration. TEMPO/Tony Hartawan

    Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) illustration. TEMPO/Tony Hartawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama met Thursday with the Japanese Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Transportation, Hiroshi Muto, and Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Tanizaki Yasuaki.

    Ahok said met with the Japanese government’s representatives to discuss the continuation of the capital’s mass rapid transit (MRT) construction.

    “The Jakarta Administration is urging Japan to liquidate its funds faster,” Ahok said at the City Hall on Thursday, June 18, 2018.

    Ahok said the delayed transfer of loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was among the reasons behind the unmet target of the first stage of the MRT construction.

    The JICA has earmarked loans with a 40-year tenure for Indonesia to construct the MRT that will be transferred in two stages: the first stage amounts to 50 billion yen (Rp5.4 trillion) and the second at 75 billion yen (Rp8 trillion). Ahok said, however, that the capital had yet to receive all of the funds.