Soekarno-Hatta Airport Train to Complete by June 2017

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Transportation Ministry is confident of completing Soekarno-Hatta Airport train project by June 2017, despite facing land acquisition issue in some areas.

    “The airport train [project] has actually been fully completed. However, in some areas, we have yet to complete [land acquisition] of roughly 130 houses,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said in Jakarta on Monday, December 5, 2016, as quoted by Bisnis Indonesia.

    He said that the ministry has two options for the airport train’s starting station: Dukuh Atas and Jakarta Kota Stations. The two has been chosen since Manggarai Station is not yet ready.

    “It could start from Dukuh Atas because Manggarai Station is not yet ready. But Jakarta Kota could also be an option since it has no technical problem,” he noted.

    Earlier, state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia president director Edi Sukmoro aims to conclude land acquisition by year-end, in accordance with President Joko Widodo’s instruction.

    “After addressing land issue, infrastructure construction of Soekarno-Hatta train can be sped up, and Soekarno-Hatta train is expected to operate by June 2017,” he said.