In addition to Wasaka International Stadium, Anies also plans to build a railway line connecting Banjarmasin and Banjarbaru. #aminkanIndonesia
BANJARMASIN | KBA – During a vibrant discussion with millennials in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Anies Baswedan, presidential candidate number 1, outlined his ambitious plans for regional infrastructure development.
The event, part of the ‘Demand Anies’ series, took place at Wetlands Square on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, drawing a keen audience, mostly students, who eagerly engaged with Anies on various issues.
Addressing the crowd, Anies pledged to initiate significant projects in Banjarmasin and the wider South Kalimantan area. Key among these are the construction of the Wasaka International Stadium and the establishment of a new railway line connecting Banjarmasin with Banjarbaru.
The Wasaka Stadium, named after Prince Antasari’s resilient spirit (‘waja sampai kaputing’), signifies more than a sports venue; it is envisioned as a hub for cultural and artistic activities, much like the Jakarta International Stadium developed under Anies’s leadership in Jakarta.
Anies emphasized the urgent need for the stadium to support local football and other sectors. “A stadium is not just for football,” Anies stressed, reflecting on his successful experience in Jakarta and plans for similar developments in other cities, including Makassar.
Furthering his commitment to improving public transportation, Anies disclosed plans for a railway line to enhance connectivity between Banjarmasin and Banjarbaru. This initiative stems from his observation of high traffic intensity and the need for efficient mass transit systems in the region. Anies elaborated on the broader benefits of such a project, highlighting its potential to alleviate congestion, reduce pollution, and lower transportation costs for residents.
Central to the railway project is the involvement of Ignasius Jonan, a figure renowned for his expertise in transportation and former Director of PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI).
Anies praised Jonan’s professionalism and objective approach to infrastructure projects, expressing confidence in his ability to lead the development effectively. He also stressed the importance of integrating local community involvement in every developmental phase to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth in South Kalimantan.
The ‘Demand Anies’ event, broadcast on Anies’s personal YouTube channel, demonstrated his proactive approach to addressing local needs and his commitment to tangible infrastructural improvements. Anies’s engagement in Banjarmasin marks a significant step in his ongoing dialogue with the youth and local communities across Indonesia, underscoring his focus on development that benefits all societal sectors. (kba)