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PT INKA (Persero) Accelerates Central Kalimantan’s Economy

PT INKA Persero Accelerates Central Kalimantans Economy 1
PT INKA (Persero) Accelerates Central Kalimantan's Economy INKA (Persero) Accelerates Central Kalimantan’s Economy

On Wednesday, 27 April 2022, an agreement was signed between PT INKA (Persero) and the Central Kalimantan Provincial Government (Central Kalimantan Provincial Government) regarding the plan to implement a railway project in Central Kalimantan.

President Director of PT INKA (Persero) Budi Noviantoro explained that the joint agreement was a form of good response from the Central Kalimantan Provincial Government for the construction of railway lines in the region. According to him, the PT INKA (Persero) team will need assistance from all elements of the Central Kalimantan Provincial Government to make an initial study of the requirements for the manufacture of the railway line.

“Later on, we will involve the Central Kalimantan Provincial Government, the Governor, the Deputy Governor, and the Regional Secretary, the Head of the Forestry Service, the Head of the Public Works Service, to the Head of the Transportation Service. Because, in Central Kalimantan, the condition of the land is still partly peat. We will ask for help later because this is only an alternative route and we have made an initial study with assumptions that we do not know the details of,” said Budi, in his written statement.

Budi added, after the signing of the agreement, his party will make a kind of alignment survey and prefeasibility study (Pre-FS) to see in more detail the soil conditions and topographical conditions for the requirements for the construction of the railway.

The plan is that the train will be used to transport goods, especially coal and to transport products from the food estate . The train tracks are planned to stretch from Puruk Cahu, Murung Raya Regency to Batanjung Regency, about 600 kilometers. “We know there is a food estate development there , so it requires transportation, especially trains on a larger scale to be able to bring products from this food estate out of Central Kalimantan and others,” he said.

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Even so, Budi added that PT INKA (Persero) will try to pioneer passenger transportation so that it can be combined between freight and passenger trains. “Here later we will use a track width with a standard gauge , a width of 1435 mm, the axle load , hopefully the soil will allow for 22.5 tons,” said Budi.

That way, the route can transport coal, about 30 million tons per year, then also 1 million tons of rice or rice. Then there are two or three passenger trains with the diesel electric rail type (KRDE) on a nearly 600 km long track, including developing the current port in Batanjung.

Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of Central Kalimantan, Edy Pratowo, added that the construction of rail transportation in Central Kalimantan has been listed in the 2015-2035 Central Kalimantan Provincial and Spatial Planning. The Central Kalimantan Provincial Government has planned to develop a rail transportation network system consisting of five routes that have the potential to help improve the economy and facilitate mobility for the community.

Edy Pratowo also said that his party welcomed the initiation carried out by PT INKA (Persero) in assisting and synergizing with the local government to review the plan for implementing the railway project in Central Kalimantan as confirmed in the spatial and regional plan.

“What is currently being carried out is part of the local government’s commitment to opening up space and opportunities for every investor who will develop a rail transportation network plan in Central Kalimantan by following every applicable provision so that rail services can ensure safety, security, convenience, speed and reliability. affordable for the community,” said Edy.

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To realize this, of course, requires an appropriate and comprehensive planning process so that efforts to develop the railway network can create. The first is the harmony of the railway network and spatial and regional planning in accordance with the order.

Second, the integrated development of space utilization for the railway network in the protection of spatial functions and the prevention of negative impacts on the environment due to the construction of railway lines. Third, the integration of the rail network as one of the regional transportation network systems so as to facilitate and expedite the transportation of people and goods. “Fourth is the efficiency of the railway operation,” concluded Edy.

The construction of this railway line was agreed upon by all coal miners in Central Kalimantan. The miners expressed their commitment to using the rail transport. Thus, the winner of the tender for the project with the public private partnership scheme will get more certainty about the use of the coal train.

In fact, apart from the construction of the Puruk Cahu-Batanjung railway, the central government also plans to build six new lines. The six routes are Kudangan to Nanga Bulik to Kumai, from Puruk Cahu, Kuala Kurun, Rabambang, Samba, Sampit, Kuala Pembuang to Teluk Sigintung, from Tumbang Samba, Rantau Pulut to Nanga Bulik. Then, from Kuala Kurun, Rabambang, Palangka Raya, Pulang Pisau, Batanjung to Kapuas, from Puruk Cahu, Bangkuang/Mangkatip to Batanjung, and from Banjarmasin to Palangka Raya.

If that happens, Central Kalimantan’s economic growth will be even higher than it is now. It should be noted that the Indonesian government targets to have 13,000 kilometers of railroad tracks by 2030. Currently, there are only 6,000 kilometers of railroads in all of Indonesia. The Head of Sub-Directorate of Traffic of the Directorate General of Railways of the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) Yudi Karyanto once said that to make this happen, at least USD65.6 billion is needed.

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“So in total we need US$ 65.595 billion, so we invite the audience here to invest in this development,” said Yudi at the 2019 Indonesia Railway Conference at Jiexpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, March 20, 2019.

Yudi explained, from the budget, as much as US$ 30,065 billion will be used for the construction of an intercity railway of 9,210 km and an urban railway of 3,755 km.

The remaining US$ 35.527 billion will be used for rolling stock purposes . Later, there will be eight priority projects, namely the construction of three urban transport and five intercity transport . “The budget is 36 percent from the state budget, 64 percent from private or state-owned enterprises,” said Yudi.