Indonesia's Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi. (Image via Katadata)

Budi Karya: COVID-19 will not distract Jakarta - Bandung bullet train project

Indonesia’s Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, said that the Indonesian government stays committed to finishing the Jakarta – Bandung bullet train project by the end of 2021 despite the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

While most of the experts and equipment come from China, the origin of the COVID-19, Budi asserted that the epidemic will not disrupt the construction.

The 142.3km bullet train project is a National Strategic Project held by PT Kereta Api Indonesia China (KCIC). From 143.3km railways, 80km of which is built as fly-over.

Accompanied by Railways Director-General, Zulfikri, and Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) President Director, Edi Sukmoro, Budi Karya made the statement while visiting the project in Purwakarta, West Java, on Sunday.

From the construction site, the Minister explained that all work is going as planned. The project is expected to finish by 2021. Based on the information from KCIC, currently, the project has reached 43.45 percent with 13 tunnels are being constructed as the railways will go through the hill.

Meanwhile, land acquisition has reached 99.96 percent.

According to the blueprint, there will be four stops in Halim, Karawang, Walini, and Tegalluar in Bandung. Reportedly, with the bullet train, the journey from Jakarta – Bandung will only take 46 minutes with the train running at 350km/h.