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Indonesia to put airport, railway projects to tender JAKARTA - As a follow-up to January's Infrastructure Summit, the Indonesian government is slated to open bidding for two airport and one railway projects worth some 4.24 trillion rupiah (3.54 billion Euro) in June, a local newspaper said Saturday.

The projects are the construction of a new airport in Medan, North Sumatra province, and another one in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara province, and a railway project connecting Manggarai Railway Station in South Jakarta and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, west of Jakarta, reported The Jakarta Post. The projects are among the government's top priorities for upgrading the country's woefully inadequate transportation infrastructure.

"The projects should have been offered to investors last month.Due to administrative problems, we decided to postpone the biddingprocess until next month," Minister of Transportation Hatta Radjasa was quoted as saying. During the two-day summit on Jan. 17-18, the government offered91 infrastructure projects worth 22.5 billion dollars to domestic and overseas investors.

Based on the government's list of offered projects, the 138.9 million dollar new international airport on Lombok island will have the capacity to accommodate up to 6 million passengers in 2025. The airport, which will be built on a 553-hectare plot of land near Praya town, is aimed at making Lombok the country's primary tourism destination after the adjacent Bali island.

Once the airport is operational, foreign tourists can fly directly from their respective countries to Lombok without having to transit in Denpasar, Jakarta or Surabaya. Currently, Lombok's Selaparang Airport can serve F100 and Boeing 737 A500 airplanes and accommodate less than 500,000 passengers.

The old airport cannot be expanded as its is surrounded by hills and rivers. The railway project is aimed at reducing traffic along the tollroad connecting the airport and the inner-city toll road and on main roads.



Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2005 10:48 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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That are some serious projects that are going to be tendered! I hope they can succeed building the railroad connection to Soekarno-Hatta Airport, that would be a big relief for many, allthough you will probably end up in a traffic jam in downtown Jakarta. But maybe that is all changed in 20 years from now.



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