We (the Ministry of Transport) have coordinated … to solve this problem together.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has called for speeding up the completion of the Maros-Mandai railway line, which is part of the Makassar-Parepare railway national strategic project (PSN) in South Sulawesi province.
Currently, there are still some issues regarding the acquisition of land at a number of construction sites for the Maros-Mandai railway line, he said, while the progress of the project was being reviewed, according to a statement released on Saturday.
“We (the Ministry of Transport) have coordinated with the regional government, Commission V of DPR RI (Indonesian House of Representatives), and Forkopimda (Regional Leadership Communication Forum) to jointly solve this problem,” he added.
He then thanked all the parties who expressed their support for faster completion of the project.
During his visit to the project site, the minister also boarded a train from Maros Station to Garongkong Station, which is located near Garongkong Port.
Besides transporting passengers, the Makassar-Parepare railway line will also support logistics distribution with the help of freight trains from Garongkong Port, Semen Tonasa manufacturing area, and Bosowa Industrial Area, he informed.
Currently, the Makassar-Parepare train line is partially operational along the 80 kilometer (km) stretch from Garongkong Station to Maros Station, the Ministry of Transport noted.
When the 4 km Maros-Mandai railway line is completed, the total length of the operationalized route of the Makassar-Parepare railway line – from Garongkong Station to Mandai Station – will be 84 km.
Earlier, in December 2022, the government made a trial limited operation of trains on the Garongkong Station-Maros Station route for free.
The Ministry of Transport said that people’s interest in boarding the trains is quite high, with 333 passengers recorded on a single day on December 25, 2022.
After improving the ground structure, the speed of the trains can be increased from 60 km per hour to 110 km per hour. Therefore, the travel time from Garongkong Station to Maros Station can be reduced from 86 minutes to 68 minutes.
Currently, trains on the Garongkong Station-Maros Station route are fully operational every day and pass through nine stations.
The ministry is also preparing bus transport from Mandai Station to Sultan Hasanuddin Airport to integrate the modes of transport in the region.
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