Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Deputy of Engineering Design and Industry at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Wahyu Widodo Pandoe, said BPPT has successfully developed the technology design applied in the Jabodebek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Bekasi) LRT (Light Rail Transit) development project.
"We continue to optimize the design of the Jabodebek LRT technology from that which has been operating in Palembang," he said in a written statement received by Antara here Friday.
Wahyu said BPPT encouraged domestic industries, especially PT INKA, to have high technology and be able to manufacture trains according to the national development program, primarily in making signaling technology, such as trains without machineries, which are operated in several developed countries.
PT INKA or PT Industri Kereta Api Indonesia is the state-owned company engaged in the industry of railway facilities including passenger trains, cargo carriage, electrical train, and locomotives.
"We are ready to enhance the Domestic Content Level applied in the Jabodebek LRT according to the president`s direction. In the future, we will also develop signaling technology so that LRT can run automatically, or be operated remotely," he said.
To improve this technology, BPPT has implemented various programs, including innovation, auditing, clearing houses, and technology transfer. In addition, BPPT has also implemented a capacity building program to increase the competitiveness of the Indonesian railroad industry.
"We want INKA to be able to produce LRT with a high domestic content level, so that Indonesia can make this transportation mode and the supporting technologies by itself," he continued.
According to Wahyu, PT INKA has qualified facilities for railroad production in terms of capacity and quality. These facilities are supported by BPPT, which also has qualified testing facilities, software and human resources to improve the competitiveness of the company.
"Some BPPT`s facilities are ready to facilitate the production of LRT. Hopefully, this is a right momentum to achieve the nation`s independence in the railroad industry," he said.
Reporting by Virna P Setyorini
Editing by Libertina, Andi Abdussalam