Weekly 5: Giant Infrastructure Projects in Jakarta

February 19, 2016, thejakartapost.com

The central government, through the Committee for the Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure Delivery (KPPIP), is set to release around 30 priority infrastructure projects across the country to help boost economic growth. The following list comprises five of the planned projects that are based in Jakarta.

Airport express line

The idea to build a train line connecting the city with Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Tangerang, has been included in the plans of ministries for years. However, the execution of the construction project is far from easy.

While state-run railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) is constructing the extension of the commuter line from Batu Ceper in Tangerang to the airport, the Transportation Ministry is considering another project, dubbed the Express Line.

The ministry’s railway directorate general spokesperson Joice Hutajulu said recently that the Express Line might connect Halim Perdanakusuma airport in East Jakarta to Soekarno-Hatta via Manggarai in South Jakarta, Dukuh Atas in Central Jakarta and Pluit in North Jakarta.

“The commuter line train will have to stop at each station, while the express lines will have limited stops,” she said.

Joice said, however, that the route was not yet fixed. “We are waiting for further instruction to finalize the plan,” she said, adding that the ministry had not made any concrete move to realize the plan.

Joice said that the ministry would also coordinate with affected regions like the Jakarta administration and Banten province. “The project comprises many aspects, including city spatial planning, land acquisition and land use,” she said.

Mass Rapid Transit

Although the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project phase I connecting Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle (Bundaran HI) in Central Jakarta is only 38 percent complete, the central government is already planning the other phases, especially the extension of Phase I from the traffic circle to Kampung Bandan in North Jakarta as well as the corridor connecting the east and west of Jakarta.

The construction of the 8-kilometer phase II will start before Phase I is finished and is targeted to be completed in 2020. According to PT MRT Jakarta, the phase II feasibility study has already been completed.

Joice said the ministry would start to build the basic design for the east-west corridor. “Although according to the initial plan, the line will extend to Tangerang and Bekasi, we will start with the one in Jakarta first,” she said, adding that the ministry was now preparing for the bidding documents.

Light Rapid Transit (LRT) of Greater Jakarta

Although deemed an ineffective mode of transportation due to its small passenger capacity, Light Rapid Transit (LRT) seems to be a new favorite of the central government and the city administration.

Unlike the administration’s inner-city LRT project, which is still in limbo, the central government held
a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the project in September last year.

State-owned developer Adhi Karya has been tasked with building the two routes: the 24-kilometer line connecting Cibubur to Cawang in East Jakarta and the 18-kilometer line connecting Bekasi Timur to Cawang and Dukuh Atas in Central Jakarta.

Joice said that after both projects were completed, Adhi Karya would also build another one connecting Bogor in West Java to Cibubur.

Jakarta Waste Management System

The central government announced its plan on Feb. 6 to develop waste-based power plants as part of an effort to resolve acute garbage problems in seven cities — Jakarta, Bandung, Tangerang, Semarang, Surabaya, Surakarta and Makassar.

Although the central government has yet to give detailed plans regarding the project, Sanitation Agency head Isnawa Adji said that the city itself had several big projects to tackle garbage problems.

Isnawa said the city was currently finalizing the bidding for the Sunter Intermediate Treatment Facility (ITF) in North Jakarta.

“We will start construction soon and we aim to finish it in 2018,” he said, adding that the ITF would have a capacity of 1,000 tons per day.

The city administration spends at least Rp 400 billion (US$30 million) in annual fees to the private operator of Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi . The city of 10 million people produces 6,700 to 7,000 tons of garbage a day.

NCICD Phase I

On hiatus for more than a year after its groundbreaking by then coordinating economic minister Chairul Tanjung, the central government eventually reopened discussions on Phase A of the National Coastal Integrated Capital Development (NCICD) project, which includes the strengthening of the 94 kilometers of existing sea walls and river embankments.

Phase A will be funded by the central government and city administration, with private companies receiving permits for the construction of 17 planned man-made islets off the north coast.

Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said recently that the city would construct the embankment to a height of 3.8 meters, which a width of 20 meters, along the 65-kilometer coastline, adding that the ground-breaking ceremony for the project would be conducted in March or April.

“It is expected to be completed in 2017,” he said.

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