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PT KAI plans new Bandung track to support high-speed railway

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Tue, December 10, 2019   /   01:01 pm
PT KAI plans new Bandung track to support high-speed railway A worker clears debris on Feb. 21, 2019 in a giant tunnel in a section of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Walini, West Bandung regency, West Java. The railway is to stretch about 142 kilometers between Jakarta and Bandung. (The Jakarta Post/Wienda Parwitasari)

State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has completed a plan for a new 16.2-kilometer railway that will connect Tegalluar Station in Bandung regency, West Java, to the Kebon Kawung station in Bandung municipality to support the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway currently under development.

KAI general director Edi Sukmoro said he expected the planned railway, which was to provide a new line for the company’s diesel trains, would cost up to Rp 4 trillion (US$285.3 million).

“Around 2 kilometers of the railway will be elevated,” Edi said on Monday, following a meeting with West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil in Bandung. 

He added that a consortium would be established for developing the project and that KAI had already applied for the necessary permits.

“We invite the local administration to join in. [Their cooperation] would prove beneficial [to the project],” he said.

The proposed railway would have a direct impact on Bandung’s urban planning, one of which was that Cimekar Station would need to be moved 1 km west of its original location.

“Those [passengers] who wish to travel to Jakarta may do so by transferring from Kebon Kawung Station to Tegalluar Station. From there, they may take the existing trains to Jakarta and arrive in 40 minutes,” said governor Ridwan, and that the planned Tegalluar-Bandung line was expected to be completed in 2021.

Tegalluar Station would serve as the terminal station for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train, he added. (rfa)