Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimoeljono and Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on Thursday (23/02) inspected the progress of the First Phase of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Project. The President took a closer look at the Senayan – Bundaran HI tunnels, which have been connected. William Sabandar – the President Director of PT. MRT – accompanied by several of his staff welcomed the President and reported the progress.
In his short visit, the President expressed his expectation that the project would be completed according to the schedule. “Today we would like to say that all the tunnels have been connected. The MRT is expected to commence operations, God’s willing, in March 2019. However, the work will have been completed during the 2018 Asian Games, which will be hosted by Jakarta. We hope it will meet the schedule,” he said in a short speech.
As released in its official website (www.jakartamrt.co.id), the location is where four tunnels meet. Antareja 1 and Antareja 2, two of the four tunnel boring machines, connect Patung Pemuda with Setiabudi, while the other two, Mustikabumi 1 and Mustikabumi 2, connect Bundaran HI with Setiabudi. Starting in 2015, the workers have been working nonstop six days a week.
Dukuh Atas, the transit station, will also be connected with other transport lines: the Light Rail Transit (LRT), the TransJakarta, and the KAI Commuter Jabodetabek.
With such integration, the MRT is expected to serve as the backbone of the capital transportation. That the President has been continuously overseeing the progress indirectly ensures that the public will see Indonesia’s transportation revolution come true.