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June 6, 2021, 01.07 PM

Jokowi, Xi Jinping Scheduled to Witness Trial Run of Jakarta-Bandung Railway Project Next Year

Indonesia has set a target to conduct a trial run of the country’s first high-speed railway project in November 2022 and commence operations in 2023, reported on Saturday, June 5.

Built by railway developer PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), the $6.07 billion railway project - which will connect the capital Jakarta and Bandung in West Java - is about 74 percent complete.

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo is expected to invite his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during the trial run as Indonesia will assume the G-20 presidency in 2022, a year earlier than arranged.

“Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and China’s President Xi Jinping are scheduled to witness the trial run of the high-speed railway in November 2022," said KCIC general manager corporate secretary Mirza Soraya in Jakarta on Thursday, June 3.

Jokowi Says Established in October 2015, KCIC is a joint venture between a consortium of the Indonesian state firms under PT Pilar Sinergi BUMN Indonesia (PSBI) and a consortium of Chinese railway companies under Beijing Yawan HSR Co.Ltd, through a business-to-business scheme.

The 142.3 km railway project will serve four main stations namely Halim in Jakarta; Karawang in West Java; Walini, and Tegaluar in Bandung, with a travel time of 36 to 44 minutes. The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway will provide a total capacity of 601 passengers, including a room for the disabled.



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