Work on rail network for Indonesia capital begins
JAKARTA (AP) - Construction kicked off on Thursday in the Indonesian capital for a long-awaited urban railway aimed at staving off crippling traffic gridlock.
Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the first phase of the 15.7 kilometre mass rapid transit line from the southern Jakarta neighbourhood of Lebak Bulus to downtown Jakarta.
"After 24 years of dreaming to have an MRT, some may even have forgotten it," said Mr Widodo before breaking the ground for the first foundation. "Finally the dreams of the Jakarta residents will come true."
Jakarta, one of the largest cities in the world without a subway, has lagged behind other Southeast Asian capitals such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok in public transport.