Archaeologist: Old tram found in MRT Jakarta project is Indonesia’s oldest


TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe head of the National Council of Experts on Cultural Heritage, Junus Satrio Atmodjo, said the Dutch colonial-era tram track discovered during the construction project of MRT Jakarta Phase 2A is the oldest in Indonesia.

The senior archaeologist, who is also a consultant in the MRT project, said the first railway in Indonesia was built in 1869 connecting Semarang town with Tanggung station.

“Two years later, a tram line was built in Jakarta. So we are now facing the oldest tram line in Indonesia, ”said Junus during a virtual chat in Jakarta on Monday, December 27, as quoted by Antara.

Junus explained that although Jakarta’s electric trams are no longer in use, the tram tracks were never removed, but buried under the road.

The Dutch colonial era tram track was discovered in the Glodok-Kota MRT Jakarta Phase 2A project, precisely under the TransJakarta line or on Jalan Pintu Besar Selatan.

He claimed to have predicted that tram tracks would be found during the Glodok-Kota construction project MRT Jakarta metro station as similar tram tracks were discovered near the Fatahillah Museum, Kota Tua.

“So we could predict that we would find the same tram tracks on the construction site of the stations,” said Junus.

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