WEST BANDUNG REGENCY, Indonesia, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Tunnel No. 10 of Indonesia's Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (HSR) in West Java province on Wednesday safely traversed a 100-year-old existing railway line, making another breakthrough among the whole line of Jakarta-Bandung HSR.
Located in the low hilly area of Padalarang, a sub-district in the West Bandung district, the Tunnel No. 10, surrounded by Grade-VI-rocks which are easy to collapse, under-passes the existing railway at a large angle. The existing railway is a small-radius meter-gauge ordinary single-track railway built 100 years ago.
The Tunnel No. 10 project is a single 1,230-meter long tunnel with double lanes undertaken by the China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC). The construction began in June 2018.
The development of the Jakarta-Bandung HSR project is continuing to advance amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia following changes in safety and health procedures at the construction sites.
The 142.3-km long project launched in 2016 will connect the country's capital of Jakarta and West Java province's capital of Bandung.
The high-speed trains expected to run at a designed speed of 350 km per hour will be the first of its kind in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
The traveling time from Jakarta to Bandung will be reduced from more than three hours to just about 40 minutes, in the hope it will greatly help spur economic activities along the line between the two cities.
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