Jakarta to Reconsider 2 Flyovers and 6 Underpasses Due to Construction Conflicts
By Lenny Tristia Tambun on 12:33 pm December 3, 2013.
The Jakarta administration said on Monday that it would reconsider and perhaps scrap two of three planned flyovers and six of seven underpass projects set to break ground in 2014 after realizing that construction plans clashed with the intended course of an elevated railway funded by the central government, also set to kick off next year.
“We supposedly were to start the construction of the seven underpasses and [three] flyovers in 2014, but the National Planning and Development Board (Bappenas) and [state-owned rail company] Kereta Api have other plans. So we have to adjust to those plans,” said Manggas Rudy Siahaan, head of the Jakarta public works agency.
Kereta Api said it would take four years to build the 10-kilometer loop line connecting Kampung Bandan and Pondok Jati in East Jakarta.
Manggas said that the city’s plans to build flyovers in Mangga Dua and Gunung Sahari would have to be reconsidered. Work on the long-delayed Kampung Melayu-Tanah Abang flyover, he said, would continue.
In April, Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama suspended work on the Tanah Abang flyover and called for an audit because the funds allocated by the 2012 city budget had run out.
Six underpasses — Jalan Guntur to Jalan Cik Di Tiro, Jalan Kartini, Jalan Halimun to Jalan Madiun, Jalan Industri, Jalan Cendrawasih and Jalan Garuda — have come under review.
Manggas said that the underpasses and flyovers were intended to reduce traffic, a function that the loop line would also accomplish.
The Rp 9 trillion rail project will have two 10-kilometer sections: one in the eastern parts of the city and another in the west.
Manggas did not say how the conflict had arisen or how it might have been avoided.
The loop rail is not related to two planned monorail projects which are also under construction, one in South Jakarta and one connecting the east and west sides of the city.