First Chinese-made wagons arrive in Jakarta
A first set of China-made wagons for Indonesia’s first high-speed railway arrived at the port of Jakarta on Friday.
The 142.3 km US$5.5 billion railway line is being built by PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China, a joint venture between an Indonesian consortium of four state-owned companies and China Railway International Co.
The joint venture claims the trains would be the fastest in Southeast Asia.
The railway line, which connects Jakarta and Bandung, the capital of West Java province, is part of China’s Belt and Road initiative to build infrastructure in partner countries around the world.
It is planned to reduce the travel time between the two cities from three hours to around 40 minutes.
The eight cars and an additional inspection train were designed and built by CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co.
“The arrival of this series of high-speed trains is good news for Indonesia and shows that Indonesia can compete with other developed countries,” said Indonesian Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Kartika Wijoatmojo.
Construction began in January 2016 of the Jakarta-Bandung line, which was planned as part of a 750 km high-speed rail project that would cross four provinces on the main island of Java.
The rail deal was signed in October 2015 after Indonesia chose China over Japan in a tender.
China said it would complete the railway without using Indonesian government money or requiring a government guarantee for the loans.
The rail line was scheduled to enter service in early 2019, but was delayed due to land acquisition and funding issues.
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