President Instructed the Big City Build Mass Transportation
Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto after Limited Meeting led by President Jokowi at the Presidential Office in Jakarta, Wednesday (25/2) night said that in the meeting discussed the early stages of the development of mass transportation in big cities in the country.
“We’re still in the early stages of discussion, the President instructed that the big cities in Indonesia began construction of mass transportation infrastructure so it does not get stuck complicated like Jakarta,” Andi said.
President Jokowi, said Andi, assume Jakarta was too late to build mass transportation that should have been done since 20 years ago.
He added that other cities such as Surabaya, Bandung, and the cities outside of Java, including in Sulawesi, Kalimantan, and Sumatra are also asked immediately to develop mass transportation.
“Indeed (in the Budget) was calculated the budget that requested, had calculated how the subsidy mechanism that can be done,” he said.
According to him, there will be a follow-up meeting in the near future; the respective ministries/agencies up to local governments will provide the input about mass infrastructure.
Especially for the three largest metropolitan city of Jakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya, requested for immediately begin the development the mass transportation.
“If possible, this year begins for example KAI asked to immediately initiate a train from Bogor, Cibubur, Jakarta, to Cengkareng,” he said.
He also pointed out, there are input and requests from the Governor of East Java on the need to build a double track infrastructure in all main cities in the East Java so that it can be operated commuter line circling Surabaya, Sidoarjo, up to Mojokerto.
“Things such as, should be follow-up, of course it will be discussed again in the next cabinet meeting,” he said. (*/Humas Setkab/ES)