Tue, 22 May 2012

Samarinda, East Kalimantan (ANTARA News) - A Russian investor will soon build a 160-kilometer long rail road worth US$2.5 billion in East Kalimantan, governor Awang Faroek Ishak said,

"The new rail road will later connect with that in Central Kalimantan measuring 90 kilometers long to make the total rail road to be built by Kalimantan Rail to 250 kilometers long," he said here on Tuesday.

He said the rail road to be built in East Kalimantan will pass three districts and one city namely districts of Kutai Kartanegara, Kutai Barat, Penajam Pasar Utara and the city of Balikpapan.

In connection with the coal transportation project the governor called for maximum support from the people in the districts to be passed by the network.

He said the project would be started from Puruk Tahu, Muara Tuhuk in Central Kalimantan to Balikpapan in East Kalimantan.

For the initial stage the rail road will be prioritized for coal transportation but later it could also be used for transporting farm products, cargos and passengers.

Editor: Priyambodo R