GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

JAKARTA, Nov 2 (FAM) – The Indonesian government is looking toward Japan to turn a 750-kilometer-long existing rail line – linking its capital Jakarta and second-largest city Surabaya – into a higher-speed railway, the Tokyo-based Kyodo news agency reported on Monday, suggesting that slow progress on the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project has sparked a confidence issue toward China.

The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project, the nation’s first high-speed railway, is being developed by the China-Indonesia joint venture PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC).

Jakarta railway

The enterprise only received construction permits for the entire length on August 21, seven months after ground was broken on the project, according to media reports.