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Indonesia delays opening of China-funded railway amid safety concerns

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Indonesia delays opening of China-funded Jakarta-Bandung railway amid safety concerns

The soft launch of the high-speed railway, part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, has been moved to September from this month, its operator saidIt deals a fresh blow to President Joko Widodo’s flagship project that has already suffered land disputes, cost overruns and accidents, leading to years of delayIndonesiaBloombergPublished: 7:00am, 10 Aug, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Indonesia is again delaying the opening of a China-funded high-speed train, citing safety concerns.The soft launch of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway will be pushed back to September, instead of August 18, even if the commercial opening is still set for October 1, its operator said on Tuesday.

PT KCIC, a consortium of Indonesian and Chinese state companies behind the 142-kilometre (88-mile) railway, said more time was needed to ensure passengers’ safety and comfort.

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Safety checks were ongoing as of last Friday, according to transport ministry official Mohamad Risal Wasal.

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