President Jokowi: Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway is Part of Big Plan
President Joko Jokowi Widodo said that the development of Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway whose groundbreaking was conducted at Mandalawangi Maswati Tea Plantation, West Bandung Regency, West Java, on Thursday (21/1) is part of a national big plan to connect big cities in Java Island and cities outside Java.
Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway is part of our big plan to connect big cities in Java Island and out Java Island, President Jokowi said through his Twitter account @jokowi moments ago.
The President asserted that train is the future of our mass transportation; thus, cities with big population must use this transportation mode.
Previously, in his remarks at the groundbreaking of Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railways infrastructure development, President Jokowi said that the project, which is the result of a concrete collaboration and synergy between Indonesias state-owned enterprises and Chinas state-owned enterprises, does not only aim to bring efficiency, but also to face global competition.
Through mastering technology and manufacture industry, we hope we can compete with other countries, President Jokowi said.
The President also hopes the high-speed railway could bring short-term and long-term benefits. He affirmed that he will continue monitoring the project so that the people could directly feel the benefits.
The construction project of 140.9 km length Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway connecting 4 stations (Halim, Karawang, Walini, and Tegalluar in Bandung) is one of the national strategic programs included in the Infrastructure Development Projects of Inter-City Railways Facilites and Infrastructures, as stated in the Appendix of Presidential Regulation Number 3 of 2016 on the Implementation Acceleration of National Strategic Project, which was signed by President Jokowi on 8 January 2016.
Through Presidential Instruction Number 1 of 2016 on 8 January 2016, President Jokowi has instructed; 1. Working Cabinet Ministers; 2. Attorney General of the Republic of Indonesia; 3. Indonesian National Police Chief (Kapolri); 4. Cabinet Secretary; 5. Presidential Chief of Staffs; 6. the Heads of Non-Ministerial Government Organizations; 7. Governors; and 8. Regents/Mayors, to take necessary measures according to their tasks, functions, and authorities in order to accelerate the implementation of National Strategic Project and/or promoting the Implementation Acceleration of National Strategic Project. (Pusdatin/ES) (RAS/EP/YM/Naster)