PT Kereta Api -INKA (Persero) Madiun this year is working a number of train procurement projects with a total contract value about 3.6 trillion rupiah. That figure increases significantly about 1 trillion rupiah compared to 2017 contract value worth 2.6 trillion rupiah. President Director of PT INKA (Persero) Madiun, Budi Noviantoro, in Madiun, East Java, Monday, (22/1), said the projects are recently conducted by PT INKA such as ordering Light Rail Transit in Palembang, South Sumatra as the transportation mode to support the Asian Games 2018. In addition, PT INKA (Persero) is now also completing the construction of 250 units of passenger train ordered by Bangladesh Railways with a contract value of around 1.5 trillion rupiah.
"This year, INKA has a contract value of around Rp3.6 trillion, most of its investment spent in equipment. In the future our train specification is not designed only with mild steel, but already stainless steel. Welding process of stainless steel is different. But in the future it will be processed by automatic design. Secondly it can also use aluminum alloy, which is better quality than others," Budi Noviantoro said.
Budi moerover said, the quality of domestic products can be competed with that of imported goods. This is in line with the government instructions that determine the production of light rail should prioritize the domestic products. To complete the train project order, PT INKA will absorb 500 to 1,000 new workers. The existing 5,000 workers still lacks. // (Wulan/trs.Rezha)