Minister: Airport Train to be Operated August

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The fast train from Jakarta to Soekarno-Hatta Airport is being prepared. According to Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, the airport railway may start operational in August this year.

It also answers the question of land acquisition issues. Currently a total of 32 plots of land are still in the process of clearance.

The location of the land plots spread from Batu Ceper to Soekarno Hatta Airport.

“I do not have an update yet, still the same as yesterday, but in August the train has to be running,” said Budi at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Tangerang, on Tuesday (3/28).

Previously Budi Karya and Minister for State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno inspected the airport railway project. They found 32 land plots with houses and paddy fields on it were in problems for clearance.

PT Kereta Api Indonesia has allocated Rp62 billion to acquire the 32 plots of land located between Batu Ceper and Soekarno Hatta Airport. The fund has been deposited at the Tangerang District Court.

PT Kereta Api Indonesia, in cooperation with PT Angkasa Pura II, is setting up the railway from Manggarai Station and Kota Station to the Soekarno Hatta Airport with the length of 36.3 kilometers, departing from the Manggarai Station. Actually only 12.1 kilometers of the track have to be built brand new rail, starting from the Batu Ceper Station.