The Indonesian government has announced that work on the long-awaited rail link between Jakarta and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport could start in late 2011 if new investors can be found.
China, Korea and Japan are among “several countries” to have shown an interest in the $1.1 billion project, the details of which are set to be unveiled to potential investors next June, according to Indonesia’s transportation vice minister, Bambang Susantono.
He says that the government’s revised master plan for the 33-kilometre rail line between Mangarai Station in South Jakarta and Soekarno-Hatta in Tangerang on the outskirts of the capital now contains several “elevated sections”.
Sustantono told reporters that the Indonesian government has allocated $166.5 million to acquire the land necessary to make the project become a reality.
“The bid will be held after the land acquisition is completed,” adds Tundjung Inderawan, the Indonesian Transport Ministry’s director general of railway transportation.
If all goes to plan, the rail link is expected to finish the project by 2014.