JAKARTA - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil and Bandung Mayor Oded M Danial signed a memorandum of understanding with the transportation Ministry is related to the synergy of planning and implementing a mass transportation system named Sutri Nama and Indobus at the Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, Tuesday (8/10/19).
In the memorandum of agreement, the City of Bandung will become a pilot area for the development of the transportation system or pilot project along with four other cities in Indonesia, namely Makassar City, Pekanbaru City, Batam City and Semarang City.
According to Emil - as Ridwan Kamil was called, the memorandum of agreement would improve services to the community. Therefore, he would like to thank the various related parties who have made the City of Bandung as a pilot area.
"As beneficiaries, we thank you for the ongoing goodness. Which is indeed a joint obligation as a government that has the same main duty and service to the community, "Emil said when giving a speech.
"We are grateful for the city of Bandung, West Java as a pilot to start bus-based public transportation," he added.
Sutri Nama or Sustainable Urban Transport Indonesia Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action is a program that aims to develop urban transportation systems while contributing to climate change mitigation due to the greenhouse gas effect. Later, policy transportation and infrastructure projects are built in a sustainable manner and supported by a national urban transport program.
Meanwhile, Indobus or the Indonesian Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Development Project is an additional technical component of the Sutri program Name. The aim is to provide technical assistance to the pilot city to implement the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) in a lane special.
The implementing party is Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) which is under coordination Director General of Land Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia.
GIZ is a German Technical Team jointly mandated by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through BUMB, the Government United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland through BEIS, as well as the Swiss Confederation represented by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) Switzerland to implement the program.
Through the memorandum of understanding of the Sutri Nama and Indobus pilot project, it is hoped that all parties can carry out their roles optimally, so that all cities in Indonesia can contribute to climate change mitigation efforts, especially through policies transportation.
Emil also said that the current condition of the transportation of metropolitan cities in the country still relies on private vehicles. If conditions it was left unchecked, an extraordinary traffic jam that had an impact on economic activity would threaten.
"We understand that metropolitan cities in Indonesia, if they only rely on private vehicles, only have to wait for a definite time
"There will be extraordinary traffic jams that will disrupt the economy," he said.
To follow up on the BRT program, the target of which will be operational in one and a half years, Emil said, his party would do coordination with related parties to determine the route and procurement of buses.
"The next step is to implement routes and purchase buses that will be facilitated by the Ministry of Transportation," he said.
Meanwhile, Director General of Land Transportation of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, Budi Setiyadi, explained that his party was committed andconsistent in improving public transportation services, including BRT through bus modernization. This is expected to be an option the public in transportation.
"Now growth in cities is always with traffic jams, always complained so," Budi said.
Therefore, the commitment of the Central Government through the Ministry of Transportation in improving public transport services has several destination. First, to reduce the use of private vehicles. Second, to improve air quality, because so far the air pollution and the greenhouse gas effect caused by pollution from land transportation.
"Which is rarely understood by all of us. The public does not really understand the air pollution caused - 90 percent of donors
"Air pollution is caused by land transportation," he said.
"It is time now for our commitment to Indonesia and also the commitment of the world and Indonesia to encourage Indonesia to improve public transport quality. The goal is to improve air quality, to reduce accident rates, and also for efficiency and effectiveness where always talk when there is traffic must talk about the loss because indeed the excess fuel usage, "said Budi ended.