TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT INKA is currently manufacturing 186 train wagons (31 train sets) for the light rail transit (LRT) network that is set to be operated along the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) as state-run railway operator KAI had ordered.
“There are 6 LRT carriages in the workshop,” said Budi Noviantoro, President Director of state-run train manufacturer Industri Kereta Api (INKA) in East Java yesterday.
The LRT Jabodetabek units are claimed to be more advanced compared to the LRT Palembang, asked upon the difference in specifications between the two LRT projects, Budi said that the ones to be used in Jakarta could reach a higher speed of 100 kilometers per hour.
Budi explained that the LRT will be operated by a train operator for its first two-year service but will be autonomous for the rest of its services.
Furthermore, the LRT 186 train cars worth Rp3.9 trillion comprises of 40 percent domestic components, meanwhile Bogie provided 60 percent of the parts which mainly consists of the LRT’s moving components.
Budi suggests that PT INKA has shown interest to market the LRT trains internationally with assistance of state-run corporations (BUMN) such as KAI and Waskita Karya.
“It will be sold in packaged offer that includes its payment, operational costs, and many others. It can enter the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Langka, and Vietnam,” Budi said.
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