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Russian Railways (RZhD) to build railway in Indonezia

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Russian Railways (RZhD) to build railway in Indonezia

The RZhD company is ready to construct a railway in Indonezia to connect the provinces of Eastern Kalimantan and the Central Kalimantan, Indonezian Tempo reports referring to Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.


According to the minister, the Russian company was ready to start earlier but was awaiting the approval and confirmation from the Russian Embassy. The railroad was intended to transport coal. It was considered to be too expensive to transport people. But once the railroad tracks exist, then it can be used for mass people transport” the minister said. Answering the question about the construction of the railroad project from Bangkuang to Batanjung at the Central Kalimantan Province, Minister Budi revealed the project’s slow progress and added that the company responsible for the construction, China Railway Group Limited, has yet to meet him. The minister stated that the project had been included in the national strategic plan. According to Budi, it is the China Railway Group Limited themselves that have not shown their commitment to accelerating the construction of the project. 

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