Indonesia: Three lawsuits to proceed against Bandung-Jakarta train project
Five companies have filed lawsuits against theÂ Bandung-Jakarta high-speed train project with the Karawang District Court in West Java, demanding a total compensation of Rp 2.02 trillion (US$141 million)Â for their propertiesÂ affected by the project, of which three will proceed to court.
PT Gajah Tunggal, PT Karawang Cipta Persada, PT Perusahaan Industri Ceres, PT Batuah Bauntung Karawang Primaland and PT Pertiwi Lestari had filed separate lawsuits against the project,Â kontan.co.idÂ reported on Wednesday.
Karawang Cipta Persada filedÂ two lawsuits, while the four other companies eachÂ filed one lawsuit. Of these, the court rejected both lawsuits from Karawang Cipta and one fromÂ Gajah Tunggal. The court is proceeding with the three remaining lawsuits.
Meanwhile, Sahala Lumban Gaol, president commissioner of PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China (KCIC) and chairman of PT Pilar Sinergi BUMN Indonesia (PSBI), said that the project was not affected by the lawsuits.
â€śGenerally, the project is not affected. Everything isÂ on schedule,â€ť he said, adding that the developer had even accelerated construction on the 143-kilometer high-speed rail project, which broke ground in JanuaryÂ 2016.
â€śWe have started construction, while the land acquisition is being completed,â€ť he said.
Earlier, KCIC director Chandra Dwiputra said that the land acquisition for the $5.9 billion project, fundedÂ mainly by a loan from the China Development Bank (CDB), had reached 73 percent completion, with 60 percent of the acquired landÂ handed over to the developer.
CDB was reportedly to disburse US$1.1 billion this month in the second phase of construction. The first disbursement of $170 million took place in May. (bbn)