BANDUNG REGENCY - The Regional Government of West Java Province fully supports the central government's plan to reactivate the railway in West Java.
West Java Provincial Secretary (West Java Regional Secretary), Iwa Karniwa, said that after accompanying the Indonesian Minister of SOE, Rini Soemarno, opened the "Jalan Sehat KAI" Funwalk in commemoration of the 21st SOEs Ministry Anniversary on the Bandung Regency Government Office Page, Sunday 3/2019).
The reactivation program initiated by the Central Government through the President of the Republic of Indonesia will be followed up by SOEs, PT KAI and PT. Inca.
Because according to him, reactivation of the railway line is a step by the Central, Provincial and District / City Governments which aims to accelerate the flow of goods and people through mass transportation. It is hoped that in the future it will improve the welfare of the people of West Java.
Technically Iwa as the coordinator, assists the process in terms of the authority of the provincial government with the district / city. Through socialization / information to the community so that the community is aware and voluntary. As well as certain parties do not become provocateurs, thus hampering the development that is being carried out.
"Because even though we have targeted but on the ground there are obstacles / provocations later the process will become difficult. Therefore, I request that all parties participate in supporting and helping, "said Iwa.
"Because this is for the good of the entire community of West Java, including Indonesia and the world to visit West Java. Especially at this time West Java tourism began to be encouraged, "he continued.
In the same place, the Indonesian BUMN Minister, Rini Soemarno, said that the dead railways in West Java would be revitalized again. The reason is that people are now more interested in riding trains because they are safe, comfortable and on time.
"I need to remind you, Regional Secretary, that this train has its head office in Bandung. And indeed the President stressed especially, especially that in West Java it is necessary to encourage more reactivation of railroad lines, "said Rini.
He further revealed, in 2018 the number of train passengers was above 425 million. "The increase is quite large compared to 2017. Moreover, many areas are considered very beautiful as tourist attractions in West Java," he said.
While according to him, the Bandung-Ciwidey line is currently still in the process of mapping. "Because there are some parts of the routes that are still occupied by the community. Of course, they must be communicated with the community so that the community can get money for crookedness or a good solution," said Rini.
"So it is expected that before the end of the year it will be activated," he added.