The people of Garut should be proud of this reactivation. This is in line with the vision and mission of President Joko Widodo, especially in updating rail connectivity
Garut, West Java (ANTARA) – Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Public Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir on Thursday chaired Garut Station and the reactivation of the Garut-Cibatu railway line.
Minister Sumadi noted that by reactivating the railway line, residents of Garut and adjacent areas would now be able to enjoy affordable rail services.
“The people of Garut should be proud of this reactivation. This is in line with the vision and mission of President Joko Widodo, especially in updating rail connectivity,” Karya noted in his speech.
In addition to the railway line, the minister officiated the Cikuray and Garut Cibatuan trains.
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Sumadi said reactivating the line, which had been out of service for four decades, should encourage people to use the trains to and from Garut.
The Ministry of Transport, through the General Directorate of Railways, also provides support in the form of PSO grants.
This grant will help reduce the price of train tickets for the Pasar Senen-Garut route to increase public interest through affordable prices.
Furthermore, he expects that the reactivation of railway lines and train can tap the tourism potential of Garut.
The ministry remains committed to pursuing connectivity through various modes of transport across the country, he said.
On the other hand, SOE Minister Thohir noted that collaboration was the key to success in reviving the defunct railway line which had been out of operation for 40 years.
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Thohir remarked that the unifying vision of all stakeholders, including ministries and institutions, regional governments and the community, was key to reviving pandemic-battered regional tourism.
“I believe this reactivation will create vacancies and improve the economy of the community,” Thohir noted.
The Minister said that the reactivation of this road was considered important to support the strategic tourist area of Garut district.
Community connectivity to and from Cibatu railway stations in Garut is one of the important factors to maximize the tourism potential of the region.
“I and the transport minister will continue to work together in other areas,” he said.
The ministers’ entourage includes Transport Ministry Spokesperson Adita Irawati, Garut District Chief Rudy Gunawan, Railways General Manager Zulfikri and PT KAI Director Chairman Didiek Hartantyo.
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