Jakarta. Indonesia's National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said he will declare a "car free night" for popular mountain resort Puncak Pass near Bogor, West Java, on New Year's Eve to prevent the usual traffic gridlock.
Tito said the police will also beef up security for New Year celebrations — just like they did on Christmas — to prevent terrorist acts.
"We will deploy more policemen at places of worship," Tito said in Jakarta on Thursday (28/12).
"I've also asked my officers to implement car free night at Puncak Pass during New Year's Eve. Cars shouldn't be allowed to go there from 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on New Year's Day," Tito said.
"If you want to go to Puncak, you can do it on foot or catch shuttle buses that we will provide," he said.
Tito said the police are in coordination with the military (TNI), the Health Ministry, the Public Works Ministry, the Transportation Ministry and state toll road operator Jasa Marga to keep everything safe on New Year's Eve.
"We will also work with Banser, who deployed almost two million of its members to help us during Christmas," Tito said.
Banser is the youth wing of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama.
Writing by Amal Ganesha