“Abbreviation of Optimal Operation Saving Time Great System. Once again w, h, o, o, s, h, but it reads whoosh,” said President Jokowi when inaugurating the Jakarta Bandung High Speed Train, at Halim Station, Central Jakarta, Monday, October 2 2023.
The President explained that this fast train was the first in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. This train is capable of traveling at speeds reaching 350 kilometers per hour.
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“The Jakarta Bandung fast train marks the modernization of our efficient and environmentally friendly mass transportation,” said the Head of State.
The President said that this fast train project was something new for Indonesia. Be it technology, infrastructure, or funding models.
“Everything is new and we must not be afraid to learn and try new things,” explained Jokowi.
After inaugurating Whoosh, the President and a number of his entourage entered the carriage. The President again tried using this transportation to Bandung, West Java.
Present at the operational inauguration of the Jakarta Bandung High Speed Train were, among others, Iriana Jokowi, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Communication and Information Budi Arie, Minister of ATR/BPN Hadi Tjahjanto, Deputy Minister of BUMN Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Chairman of the MPR Bambang Susatyo, Acting (Acting) Governor of DKI Jakarta Heru Budi, Acting Governor of West Java Bey Machmudin, Minister of PUPR Basuki Hadimuljono, Managing Director of KAI Didiek Hartantyo, Managing Director of KCIC Dwiyana Slamer Riyadi, and others.
Many are Pessimistic
While Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binjar Pandjaitan said that many parties are pessimistic that the Jakarta Bandung High Speed Train (KCJB) project will be completed. Moreover, he discovered many problems at the start of construction in 2019.
“We found many problems and obstacles starting from classic problems regarding land acquisition, poor coordination to funding difficulties faced due to Covid-19,” said Luhut at KCJB Halim Station, Central Jakarta.
Luhut emphasized that these various problems did not discourage him. In the end, KCJB was inaugurated by President Jokowi today.
Luhut said the presence of the train called Whoosh was a historical milestone for the Indonesian people in the world of modern railways. He hopes that KCJB will be able to encourage people to use public transportation.
“In order to reduce carbon emissions from the private vehicle sector,” he explained.
Luhut said that the public’s enthusiasm for KCJB was very high. This can be seen from the large number of people who want to try it out during the trial period on September 17 2023.
“So we agreed that until mid-October, Mr President, the operation of the Jakarta Bandung high-speed train will still be free or free,” said Luhut.