The Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) has addressed the recent development concerning the Jakarta-Surabaya semi-fast train project, which has been removed from the list of National Strategic Projects (PSN).
According to Adita Irawati, the spokesperson for Kemenhub, while the semi-fast train project has been delisted from the PSN, it does not signify its termination. Adita clarified that the project will proceed under a regular framework instead of being classified as a PSN project. She also noted that the project remains on the radar of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).
“It’s essential to understand that removal from the PSN list doesn’t equate to project cancellation. The semi-fast train initiative remains active, albeit under a different scheme,” explained Adita during a recent statement.
Adita further revealed that Kemenhub has conducted a pre-feasibility study (FS) for the semi-fast train project. However, she refrained from providing a definitive timeline for the project’s progression to the next phase, emphasizing the need for coordination with relevant ministries and agencies.
“The next steps require thorough discussions, including coordination with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Kemenko Marves) and Bappenas,” stated Adita.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) made headlines in 2023 when he removed twelve projects, including the Jakarta-Surabaya semi-fast train, from the list of national strategic projects (PSN).
Suroto, Assistant Deputy for Acceleration and Utilization of Development at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, elaborated on the decision, citing Minister of Economic Affairs Regulation No. 8/2023, which addressed amendments to the list of national strategic projects.
While acknowledging the removal of the Jakarta-Surabaya semi-fast train from the PSN list, Suroto underscored that this action does not signify the discontinuation of the project. Instead, he emphasized that the projects will proceed under a regular scheme, ensuring their continuation.
In light of these developments, stakeholders await further discussions and coordination to chart the next steps for the Jakarta-Surabaya semi-fast train project, ensuring its continued progress and eventual realization.