The Indonesian government has agreed to revitalize railways in Sumatra, Java, and Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi) in 2008-2010. It is predicted that this revitalization will require Rp19.365 trillion, however, the government has only Rp. 7.04 trillion available for this project. The Vice President has asked that these projects should be offered to the private sector through open tender,¨ said Transportation Minister, Jusman Syafii Djamal. Jusman explained that the government plans to develop 501 kilometers of railways out of the total 1,369 kilometers by 2010. The government also plans to reactivate unused 57 kilometers of railway tracks out of the total 187 kilometers.
Furthermore, government plants to build new 116 of kilometer of new railways by 2010. Jusman also mentioned some railway developments that have been initiated by the private sector. These include railways in Tanjung Enim-Tarahan for coal (in cooperation between the state railway company and Bukit Asam), Jalan Simpang Tanjung Api-Api, Baturaja, Lahat-Kertapati, and a project in Bengkulu. “We invite more private sector companies to participate,” he said.