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Indonesian government extends Jakarta Bandung fast train rail track to the forthcoming Kertajati International Airport, currently being built in Majalengka, West Java, a minister said on Wednesday (25/10). Indonesian Government seems very enthusiast to built and develop the infrastructures continuing the former Government programs. The President, Mr Jokowi is very sure to open the next great development by preparing the infrastructures; Highways, Airport Fast Train etc.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the government is looking for new investors to cooperate with Kereta Cepat Indonesia China, a Sino-Indonesian consortium that is managing the fast train project, to finance the track extension.
The extension will cover more than 63 kilometers — in a straight line — to the northeast of Tegalluar station in Bandung, West Java, to Kertajati, adding to the 142 kilometer track from East Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport.
“We wanted that this would be the new option to access Kertajati Airport,” Budi said.
Two toll roads currently provide access to the $1.69 billion Kertajati Airport from Bandung, but passengers would have to drive more than 120 kilometers to reach the airport from the provincial capital.
The minister projected that the fast train could travel between Halim Perdanakusuma and Tegalluar in 45 minutes and between Tegalluar and Kertajati in just over 15 minutes.
The government has also considered options to link Halim Perdanakusuma and Soekarno Hatta International Airport with light rail transit or another fast train track.
“The basic principle that we have agreed upon is that the public should be able to enjoy multi-modes of transportation to access these airports,” Budi said.
The minister did not reveal how much investment would be needed to extend the fast train track to Kertajati. The current plan from Halim Perdanakusuma to Tegalluar would cost $5.9 billion, with the China Development Bank shouldering 75 percent of the investment.
“Ideally, the new investor should be from China as well,” Budi said.
Kertajati will start operations in June next year to replace the overcrowded Husein Sastranegara International Airport. The government has projected to cater to 5 million passengers annually in the airport’s first few years of operation, with a plan in place to expand its capacity to 18 million. [source: Jakarta Globe magazine]
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