Indonesia's Transportation Ministry announced on Wednesday that the tender process for Jakarta’s mass rapid transit (MRT) project had been opened and that the first phase of the project would be commence operations by 2016. Tundjung Inderawan, director general for railways at the ministry, said the construction was expected to commence in the middle of the year, as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which has agreed to fund the project, had approved 10 contractors in the pre-qualification stage.

Then they are scheduled to offer prices in June or July, after which the winner will be chosen and the construction can finally begin. “This year we will start the construction, so that by mid or end of 2016 Indonesia will have an MRT,” Tundjung said in Jakarta on Wednesday. The first MRT will span 15.5 kilometers, connecting Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle in Central Jakarta. It will have seven flyovers and six subway stations. BeritaSatu

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