Estate Developer Insists on Offering Railways Connection for Transportation Mode

Estate Developer Insists on Offering Railways Connection for Transportation Mode

Reported by: Setiawan Liu

Cikarang, August 2, 2019/Indonesia Media – In an effort to improve connectivity of Tanjung Priok Port with its hinterland area, the Jakarta based industrial estate developer insisted on offering railways connection as the best solution for mode of transportation. The condition in which connections are limited to toll road, railway is very likely chosen for best solution. “The most feasible (to improve connectivity) is railways,” said Benny Woenardi from PT Jababeka, the industrial estate developer.

The government of Indonesia is considering to build more modern and cost effective alternative to both modes of transportation in the form of an inland waterway network by using barges. CBL (Cikarang Bekasi Laut) inland waterways is expected for an improvement of connectivity from the Port of Tanjung Priok with industrial estates around Cikarang, Karawang, Cibitung. The connectivity system will utilize the current CBL Canal. “Logistic costs are expensive. But (the problem) is driven by some state-owned enterprises. We have established a dry port system which offer one stop service for cargo handling and a logistic solution. It is feasible for handling international export and import, as well as domestic distribution. Railway connection is available connecting Cikarang Dry Port to the sea port up to Surabaya in East Java. That is the best solution,” said Benny.

He reiterated that there had been a study of the canal with a total length 25 km. the construction will consist of the width enlargement and dredging and also includes construction of an Inland Waterway Terminal in the vicinity of Cikarang Industrial Estate. “The canal, according to the plan, will be utilized as waterways. In fact, that was not a canal, but only a drainage. During the period of Dutch colonization, water from the mountains in West java, was moved freely into Jakarta. The Dutch needed to get water from the mountain. The surplus (of water) was flowed into the drainage which will be utilized for the canal, of CBL project. Do not imagine, (the canal) is like what we often see in Holland. The existing drainage is clogged, but (the idea) of CBL project has been proposed since a long time ago,” Benny said. (SL/IM)

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