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Jakarta Post

Passengers welcome to eat, drink on LRT Palembang for iftar

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang   /   Wed, May 8, 2019   /   06:22 pm
Passengers welcome to eat, drink on LRT Palembang for iftar People board into an LRT at Bumi Sriwijaya station in Palembang, South Sumatra. (JP/Yulia Savitri)

LRT passengers in Palembang are welcome to eat and drink on board during Ramadan to break their fast.

The regulation applies to passengers that board the train at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport at 5:56 p.m.

Food and drink that can be taken on board the LRT, according to a spokesperson for PT KAI’s regional division III Palembang, Aida Suryanti, was limited to bottled drinks and snacks.

“To keep the train clean, there will be officers reminding passengers not to leave garbage inside the LRT,” Aida told The Jakarta Post, Wednesday, adding that the dispensation would give comfort to fasting passengers. Officers, according to Aida, would also make an announcement when it was time to break the fast. Smoking, however, is banned, and so are street musicians.

“We give permission [to eat and drink] to only those who are still on board the trains,” she assured.

LRT Palembang has transported 1.5 million passengers since it commenced operations.

She said efforts had been made to encourage people to use the LRT. Among the efforts included integrating the LRT fare with that of other modes of transportation into a single fare since February. Lower fares are also available for students, she said.

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi previously urged people in Palembang to use the LRT regularly.

“We have to be proud because 80 percent of this is the creation of the sons of the nation,” Budi said in Palembang, recently.