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Mining company warned over railway project

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 3 2012   /  07:28 am

A custom law expert has warned state-owned mining company PT Bukit Asam (PT BA) to be mindful in acquiring land to build its 280-kilometer double track railway project scheduled to start next year, so as to prevent it from creating conflict in the community.

Lampung custom law expert Rizani Puspawijaya said over the weekend that the project should be conducted by taking into consideration local issues, as any careless land acquisition moves could lead to conflict.

“Railway track developments that are conducted today are different from those conducted during the Dutch colonial era,” said Rizani, adding that the existing railway tracks in Sumatra, especially the one in Lampung, were built by the Dutch in 1905.

At that time, Rizani said, the project was carried out with the agreement of local community figures. There was no need for land acquisitions because the peo...