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West Bandung regent withholds permit for railway construction

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 28, 2019   /   04:53 pm
West Bandung regent withholds permit for railway construction Workers arrange equipment inside a large tunnel built for a high-speed railway in Walini, West Bandung regency, West Java, on Feb. 21. (The Jakarta Post/Wienda Parwitasari)

West Bandung Regent Aa Umbara Sutisna has not issued a permit for the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, pending the complete payment of compensation for the land of residents taken for roads to support the project.

The regent questioned the commitment of PT Kereta Api Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), a consortium authorized to build the railway, about the payment for land owned by residents of Cikalongwetan and Cipeundeuy.

He referred to payment for the land acquired for the expansion of roads, namely those connecting Cikalongwetan to the districts of Cisarua and Cipeundeuy. He demanded that KCIC support the high-speed railway once it begins operations.

“I only want KCIC to expand the roads. I don’t know the source of the funds [for the projects] -- the state budget or CSR [corporate social responsibility],” the regent said as reported by kompas.com on Friday. "The roads will support the KCIC project."

Aa said he did not want to disrupt the construction of the railway, but he stressed he would not issue a permit if KCIC does not show its commitment.

Aa said he did not care if he was accused of not supporting the central government’s program because, as he explained, his stance was part of a move to protect the interests of West Bandung’s people.

He said he had not issued permit for the buildings that had been constructed by KCIC, either.

“There have been many buildings, but the permits have not been issued. If they [KCIC officials] make no comment, the construction should be stopped. If they want to meet [me], it should be with a commitment,” he added. (bbn)