BANDUNG-The Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) will continue to push for the reopening of railway lines in the West Java region following the continued increase in the number of train passengers.
The Republic of Indonesia Minister of SOEs, Rini M Soemarno, said that based on data, the number of train passengers in 2018 had already reached more than 425 million passengers or increased compared to last year 2018.
"We have to reactivate a lot of train lines that were already dead, because the people now are interested in taking the train because the train is safe, comfortable and also on time," he said.
Rini hopes, with the reopening of the railway line, the number of people using this train mode will increase sharply along with the advantages offered if we use the train.
"Roads are currently quite dense with vehicles so traffic jams often occur," said Rini, at the 21st Anniversary of SOEs in Soreang, Sunday (03/10).
Rini also acknowledged that many places in West Java were tourism objects previously traversed by the railway, such as Pangandaran, Garut to Ciwidey.
"Many of the areas that we consider in West Java are very" beautiful "for tourism, such as to Garut, Pangandaran, Ciwidey, and later the train can return through it," he said.
Rini hopes that by the end of 2019, all matters for the replacement of money and building control can be completed so that in the future the focus will be on the construction of lines.
"Bandung Ciwidey is just mapping because this route is widely used by the community for building houses and other activities, so we must communicate with the community so that they get a good solution," he said. (Parno)