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    Regional Secretary: Bogor-Sukabumi Double Track Railway Land Acquisition

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    SUKABUMI REGENCY-Construction of the first phase of the Cicurug-Cigombong double track along 7.5 KM is targeted to be completed in 2018, but the construction process is still hampered by the land acquisition that will be used. Based on the report of the Integrated Team for the Management of Social and Community Impacts, affected residents of land acquisition have agreed to be relocated, so that land acquisition must be completed immediately.

    West Java Regional Secretary (Sekda) Iwa Karniwa, who is also the leader of the integrated team, revealed that the process of land acquisition must be immediately completed in order to avoid provocations that would disrupt development. According to him, one of the requirements for making land acquisition payments is the Governor's Decree. Therefore Iwa said it was targeting the settlement to be completed this week, so that payments could be directly handed over to 514 affected families.

    "On the reports of friends (integrated team), Alhamdulillah, the community has agreed," Iwa said when he was reviewing the control location and the construction of the Railway Double Line, at Cicurug Station, Sukabumi District, Tuesday (07/08/2018).

    "One of the requirements for making payments (land acquisition) is the determination of the Governor. The target this week is finished, so that next week (payment) has been handed over to the community," he continued.

    Iwa explained the importance of the construction of this double track railway as a national strategic program. This project, he said, not only realized the direction of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, but also provided transportation facilities for people and goods in the Cicurug area to Cigombong. The ease and acceleration of the transportation of goods and people, according to Iwa, can have a significant impact on improving the economy of the Cicurug and Cigombong communities.

    "(Development of the project) is not only because of the direction of the President, but also how we help the public, especially in the transportation of goods and people," Iwa said.

    Agreeing with Iwa, the Head of the Railway Engineering Center in the Western Java Region, Heru Wisnu, revealed that the railway double track project would be needed by the community, so that the development process required cooperation with various relevant parties to maintain order.

    "This is a national strategic program that is needed by the wider community, including those around here. Please help all in order, because this (phase one construction) must be completed this year," he said.

    Overall, the Bogor-Sukabumi railroad double track has a length of 56 KM, with phase one focus on the Cicurug-Cigombong lane along 7.5 KM. Later this path will be one of the transportation solutions for goods and people in Sukabumi and Bogor.

    In addition, the capacity and intensity of train travel will increase, the previous 6 times a day to 12 times a day. The number of people transported before was only around 3,516 people, estimated to increase to 11,520 people per day. Thus there is a significant increase of almost 400%.

    Whereas the travel time from Bogor to Sukabumi and vice versa, which previously lasted 2 to 3 hours, will be cut to only 1 hour 20 minutes. In fact, the travel time for Sukabumi only takes 1 hour.

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