The rail-based Jakarta MRT which is expected to stretch across over 108 kilometres, including 21.7 km for the North-South Corridor (From Lebak Bulus to Kampung Bandan) and 87 km for East-West Corridor(From Balaraja to Cikarang) may face delays due to the July 9 presidential election, as rallies and protests are predicted to to take place across the capital Jakarta. MRT Jakarta has warned.
On Friday. Dono Boestami, the president director of MRT Jakarta said.
“We’re a bit concerned that the campaign [rallies and demonstrations] will affect construction work, because they’re often concentrated on Jalan Sudirman and the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle,”
The company is currently clearing the lane dividers running down Jalan Sudirman and Jalan M.H. Thamrin, the city’s main south-north artery, as preparation for construction of the underground MRT rail line and stations. The Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, the city’s main rallying point for protests and demonstrations, is expected to be the main hub for the MRT.
The Jakarta Police said they would do their best to minimize any disruptions from the anticipated rallies and demonstrations.
“We can’t stop the campaign rallies, because they’re scheduled as part of the whole election process,” said Adj. Sr. Comr. Bakharuddin Muhammad Syah, the city police’s deputy traffic chief. “But we will try to reduce the number of people participating in these gatherings.
“We will, of course, coordinate with everyone once we receive the campaign schedule. We will try to educate the public so that everyone will understand [the importance of not disrupting the MRT construction] so that both activities [MRT construction and rallies] can run smoothly,” he added.
The first phase is 15.7 kilometres (9.8 mi) long from Lebak Bulus to Bundaran HI. The construction project began in 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2017 to serve 212,000 passengers per day. This expected capacity may be maxed out to 960,000 per day. The 15.7 kilometers span expected to be covered in under 30 minutes.