Tangerang. The Banten administration announced on Thursday that the construction of a monorail service connecting Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang with the neighboring city of South Tangerang would come with a Rp 6.5 trillion ($683 million) price tag.
The head of the Banten Transportation Agency, Husni Hasan, did not mention where the money would come from, but explained that the project would involve state train supplier Industri Kereta Api (Inka), construction firm Banten Global Development and seven property developers of housing complexes where the monorail line is set to pass over.
A total of 14 shelters are planned along the monorail line, which will connect the airport and the subdistrict of Serpong in South Tangerang.
The shelters will be at Serpong; Griya Loka; BSD Junction; WTC; Alam Sutera; Gading Serpong; Serpong Times Square; Kota Modern; Tangerang; Mekar Wangi; Garuda; and Terminals I, II and III of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Husni said a feasibility study for the project was ongoing and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
With all seven property developers having declared their commitment to accommodate the monorail line and some of the shelters, Husni said he was optimistic that construction could begin as planned in early 2013, with completion in 2014.
“We’ve targeted the construction of the monorail frame connecting Serpong and Soekarno-Hatta Airport to complete in 2014, although it won’t immediately operate yet,” he said.
Husni added that the monorail operations would require coordination with the central government.
He further said the project was expected to ease growing traffic congestion in Tangerang and South Tangerang, especially around roads frequently used by travelers headed to and from the airport.