JAKARTA: Indonesia Toll road Association (ATI) estimates the loss caused by increasing congestion in Jakarta due to inadequate road infrastructure and mass transportation valuing IDR8 trillion a year.
ATI Chairman Fatchur Rochman said the loss value was calculated based on loss accumulated from fuel consumption of two and four wheeled vehicles including the travel time.
"Currently Jakarta is struck by really heavy traffic, if one usually takes 15 minutes to location, now it takes an hour. There are losses in fuel, clutch, and times. If calculated entirely from entire vehicle in Jakarta, the loss value hits IDR8 trillion a year,” he told Bisnis, today.
He said the interconnectedness between Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR) W1 and JORR W2 could accommodate 25% of total vehicles which go through town center. But it could not reduce private vehicle users so it does not necessarily reduce congestion in total.
At least with the MRT project construction public, investors, and the government can reduce IDR8 trillion losses per year to be IDR5 trillion per year, Fatchur said.
"Now all the issues lead to waste in transportation. If the government see the benefit and effectiveness MRT instead from its expensive costs and accelerate the development immediately, the IDR8 trillion losses can be reduced to IDR5 trillion." (T07/msw)