Tue, 31 Aug 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government is speeding up the construction of the railroad track between Tanjung Priok port and Cikarang Dry Port integrated customs area (KPPT) to smoothen the dispatch of goods, and raise productivity and industrial capacity.

"Many parts of the railroad track had to be built and improved to support the project. And this needs to be in progress in a period of three months," Coordinating Minister for Economy Hatta Rajasa said when making an inspection of the KPPT project in Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, and the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta Saturday.

Accompanying the Minister were Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo, State Enterprises Minister Mustafa Abubakar, Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi, Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto, Industry Minister MS Hidayat, Agriculture Minister Suswono, Customs and Excise Director General Thomas Sugijata, and President Director of PT Pelindo II RJ Lino.

Hatta said in the working visit, the government would be able to make a quick decision to speed up the dispatch of goods, and moving some empty containers to some industrial areas.

He also said that speeding up the construction of the toll road to Tanjung Priok is still facing land procurement problems.

He also said that the improvement of the infrastructure will shorten the time of mooring ships according to the ASEAN standard from 5.5 to only 3 days, especially if the railroad track could be completed in the next three months.

In the meantime, with regard to the expansion of Tanjung Priok port by building four new terminals, Hatta said the land procurement would be finished in June next year under a funding scheme following consultation with the finance minister and the state enterprises minister. (*)