Japan wants second chance in RI’s first bullet train bidding
Japanese investors have requested the government’s permission to conduct another feasibility study for Indonesia’s first high-speed railway project, a government official says.
National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) transportation director Bambang Prihartono said on Wednesday that the request was made because Japan wanted to carry out the feasibility study under the same ground plan used by its competitor from China.
“It [Japan’s ground plan] is different. They [Japan] want to have one more similar to the one China has,” he said, as quoted by Antara news agency.
Bambang said that the government had not responded to Japan’s request.
He explained that the differences in the ground plan would impact the calculations of the length of the rail tracks and investment values.
Japan has just recently submitted a new proposal for the project that excludes Indonesian state funding in an attempt to topple China’s recent bid.
The government is scheduled to decide on the contractor for the project that will connect Jakarta and the capital of West Java, Bandung, between August and September this year.
Bappenas head Sofyan Djalil said that the government had appointed an independent consulting firm to study both Japan and China’s offers before giving recommendations to the government.
Bappenas said that Japan had valued the project at US$6.2 billion, while China gave a lower offer of $5.5 billion.
Jok O Ono 17 hours ago
Is this how tenders are supposed to work. Wait till you hear aboutyour competitions tender it in the daily rag and then claim, I want another crack.
Eka Utari 11 hours ago
I agree with you. We can not accept Japanese to come back to offer newclaim again and again, even after the close of the tender and during the reviewprocess. It is really strange and not serious. It makes us Indonesians as idoits who do not konw and follow the international practice. .
Sorong 2 hours ago
You think Indonesia is following international practice, and thisis a clean and transparent process? Hahaha