JAKARTA, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Half of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (HSR) project is targeted to be built this year, an executive of HSR Indonesian contractor said on Friday.
"The target progress is 55 percent (this year), (and) we will focus on the (railway) track projects," said Tumiyana, president director of Indonesia's state-run constructor firm Wijaya Karya (Wika).
To meet the target, Wika workers and related partners would prioritize work on foundation construction, followed by railway track ballasts and tunnels, he added.
About 85 percent of land areas designated to accommodate the HSR project have been settled and it is expected to be entirely done by March this year, according to the local government.
Work to assemble huge tunnel boring machine shipped from China is underway in Jakarta's HSR main station site project. The machine that arrived here late last month is scheduled to commence operation in March.
The 142.3-km Jakarta-Bandung HSR project is carried out by KCIC, a joint venture of China-Indonesia state firms.
The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2020 and will be ready for public service in March 2021 after several months of testing period.
With a speed of 3500 km per hour, the HSR train will transport passengers between the two cities within 36 minutes.