Rarely does anyone know that Rangkasbitung has evidence of past civilizations. In fact, there is a site in the form of a bunker which is now neglected.
The bunker is located in Pasir Tariti Village, West Rangkasbitung Village, Rangkasbitung District, Lebak Regency, or rather behind the grounds of SDN 2 Rangkasbitung Barat. The location is not far from the center of the capital city Rangkasbitung.
The spokesman for the Pasir Tariti bunker, Tubagus Danu Maulana, believes the bunker existed before Indonesia’s independence. Served as a place of reconnaissance, defense and shelter by the invaders of its time.
“Historically, before 1945 this bunker existed. It is possible that this place used to be a strategic area, because the function of the bunker was to spy, in the past it was also possible that the area around here was higher than the others,” he told detikcom, Saturday (29/1/2022). ).
Danu cannot be sure during the Dutch colonial period or the Japanese occupation the bunker was built. Because, there has been no further research on the Tariti Sand Bunker.
Tariti Sand Bunker Photo: (Fathul Rizkoh/detikcom)
“People have always believed it was a bunker. Only information is circulating. But I don’t know the complete history, I want to ask an old person, it doesn’t exist anymore. There is little literature,” he said.
Until now, Danu had never seen the overall shape of the bunker because some of the bunkers had been buried in the ground since they were first discovered. However, from the physical form that can be seen, the size of the bunker is about 4×4 meters with a height of about 120 centimeters from the ground.
At the top of the bunker there are three circular holes. All three are believed by Danu as a place to put weapons to survive.
In addition, on the bunker wall there are also three holes shaped like a rectangle. Two holes are believed to be ventilation, in the front and to the left of the bunker. One other hole is believed to be a door because there is an iron hinge.
“That’s a height that can be calculated because it looks physical. We don’t know the depth yet. Because since the school was founded, the ground has covered the windows and bunker doors,” he said.
Apart from Pasir Tariti, information compiled by detikcom from colonial bunkers can also be found in Kampung Muhara, Kebon Kelapa and in Kaum, both of which are located on the banks of the Ciujung River.
Bunker Condition, Unmaintained Cultural Heritage
Danu explained why the school could be built around the bunker site. According to him, in 1980 the school received an area of 1,600 square meters from the local government for the relocation of the school.
“In the past, the name SD II Rangkasbitung was established in 1976. The location was not here. It was located behind the local government. In 1980, they were asked to move, and they received land assistance here (Pasir Tariti),” he said.
While the year the bunker was designated as a Cultural Conservation after the school was built.
“So the school has already been built, meanwhile (the bunker) has only been inaugurated as a Cultural Conservation in 2018,” he said.
The hinge of the door of the Pasir Tariti Bunker Photo: (Fathul Rizkoh/detikcom)
Based on observations at the location, the condition of the Pasir Tariti Bunker Cultural Conservation seems to be not being cared for. Lots of weeds, and things around that look messy.
Danu denied this statement. According to him, the bunker is not neglected. However, the school has just finished building the teacher’s official house. So, the items in the official house must be removed. Hazardous debris must be kept out of reach of children.
“It’s not that it’s not being taken care of, it’s being renovated. We first move it to the back (around the bunker) so it doesn’t endanger the children. We have also moved some of it, but we can’t do it all right away. Because we also have to teach and take care of other activities,” he explained.
Danu claimed that it was the school that took care of the bunker before it was designated as a Cultural Conservation.
“In the past, the weeds were even worse, from the front of the school (about 50 meters) to the bunker, you couldn’t see it at all. Since there was a school, the bunker has been well-maintained. not anymore,” he concluded.
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