BANDUNG - PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) is refocusing the railway reactivation plan in West Java. There are four routes that will be revived, among them the route will include the Banjar-Cijulang-Pangandaran-Parigi route, Garut-Cikajang, Cikudapateuh Bandung-Banjaran-Ciwidey, and Rancaekek-Tanjungsari.
West Java Governor Mochamad Ridwan Kamil assessed, the reactivation of the railway line was seen as beneficial for the citizens because of the ease of transportation. He said, the areas passed by the railway lane are considered able to grow the economy because there are movements of people and goods, with easier accessibility.
It was revealed after his meeting with the director of PT. KAI and his staff, at Gedung Sate Bandung, Wednesday (12/9/18).
Besides that, Emil, his nickname, wants new stations to be built at tourist points, housing, or at crowded spots, to break the density.
"I want to restore the culture of riding the train. I want West Java like Europe, people can use the train everywhere because it is comfortable and integrated," hoped Emil.
This reactivation project is also expected to be completed, and can be integrated directly with the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project.
PT KAI's Managing Director, Edi Sukmoro, said the reactivation plan needed support from the West Java Provincial Government. In particular, regarding of controlling the people who live in the vicinity of the rail that has been inactive for years. PT KAI will focus on operational preparation.
"Of these four, we will evaluate which one is most likely to be done as soon as possible. "Of the four lines which are more accommodating help the citizens, both for transporting people and goods, such as crops," Edi's explained.