Train Signal House of Cultural Heritage to Be Demolished

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  • A number of pedestrians sitting around a neglected empty poolside in pedestrian tunnel (TPO) in the Kota area, Jakarta, March 2013. TEMPO/Dwianto Wibowo

    A number of pedestrians sitting around a neglected empty poolside in pedestrian tunnel (TPO) in the Kota area, Jakarta, March 2013. TEMPO/Dwianto Wibowo

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) plans on demolishing train signal house in Jakarta Kota Station, West Jakarta. PT KAI’s head of operational I Public Relations, Agus Komarudin, said the demolition is to extend and widen the train platform.

    "We’re still waiting for the approval from the Tourism Agency since the signal house is a cultural heritage," Agus told Tempo, Tuesday.

    Agus said the platform extension and widening are aimed at accommodating 1.2 million passengers per day. Prior to being approved by the Tourism Agency, the station will be sterilized from street vendors.

    Agus said the train signal house, which was built by Netherlands in 1929, has not been operational since 1990. The train signal management had been changed from mechanic to electrical system, that the signal house is no longer needed, he said.

    Agus disclosed that PT KAI has prepared an alternative if the demolition is not approved by the Tourism Agency. The company will redesign the platform construction to 3-meter width and add two more cars to serve Bogor-Kota route.

    "If the signal house cannot be demolished, we have to add more cars,” Agus uttered.

    LINDA HAIRANI