Indonesia’s first high-speed railway is set to begin operations in August. The Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway is a Chinese-backed project and part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The railway will connect the capital Jakarta to the city of Bandung in West Java, helping to ease congestion in one of the world’s most densely populated travel corridors. The project, led by the Indonesian-Chinese consortium PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), has faced delays and cost overruns. It was initially planned to be completed by 2019 at a cost of $5.5 billion, but the final cost is now around $7.2 billion. Despite the challenges, the completion of the railway marks a milestone for the BRI and for Indonesia’s infrastructure development.
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