Jakarta

PT KAI to use concrete
balls to scare passengers
off train roofs

Watch your head!: Workers install a frame with concrete balls suspended on it above railway tracks in Bekasi, Greater Jakarta, on Tuesday. Indonesia has gone to imaginative extremes to try to stop commuters from riding the roofs of trains by suspending rows of grapefruit-sized concrete balls above railway lines a few centimeters above the tops of carriages at points where trains enter or pull out of stations, or where they go through crossings. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)
Watch your head!: Workers install a frame with concrete balls suspended on it above railway tracks in Bekasi, Greater Jakarta, on Tuesday. Indonesia has gone to imaginative extremes to try to stop commuters from riding the roofs of trains by suspending rows of grapefruit-sized concrete balls above railway lines a few centimeters above the tops of carriages at points where trains enter or pull out of stations, or where they go through crossings. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

In a heightened effort to ward passengers off riding on train roofs, state railway firm PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) says it will install barricades in the form of hanging concrete balls that will knock off anyone sitting on top of an accelerating train.

“We moved the equipment from its factory in Cipinang Muara at 9 a.m. We plan to have it installed by 11.15 a.m.,” PT KAI operation area 1 order manager Akhmad Suyadi said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

The device, called the Goal Bola-bola (Goal Balls), consists of concrete balls that are hung on a goal-like frame installed at certain points on the railway. The balls, which will be hung to the height of the train, will serve as an obstruction against anything that happens to be on top of the train.

The Goal Bola-bola is the railway firm’s latest initiative after its previous move of carrying out raids on rooftop passengers proved ineffective.

Akhmad said that the concrete balls would only be put up in the railway between Bekasi and Tambun, West Java.

“We are unable to install them on the Bogor-Jakarta track because there are electricity cables on top [of the train],” he said.

He said that the move was intended to provide safety and comfort to passengers and not to cause harm. (awd)

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