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Jakarta pins hopes on underground transit system

It may enable Jakarta to avoid the worst of the complete gridlock that will hit the city by the end of the decade, according to MRT planners

With some 1,000 new vehicles thought to be joining the capital's narrow streets every day, the 4,500-tonne bruisers will need to live up to their superhuman names.


WITH their impressive names and heft to match, a lot is riding on four tunnel boring machines chewing their way beneath Jakarta's all but gridlocked thoroughfares to carve out the capital's first mass rapid transit (MRT) system.

In mid June, Mustikabumi, a six-metre high...

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