Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, second from left, inspecting a section of the Bawen-Salatiga Toll Road near Salatiga on June 8. (Antara Photo/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

Central Java Prepares for Idul Fitri Exodus


JUNE 12, 2017

Jakarta. The Central Java provincial government has implemented several measures in preparation of the expected Idul Fitri holiday exodus later this month.

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo urged motorists to use alternative routes that were established in cooperation with the West Java provincial government.

"This is how we cooperate. We have been asked about alternative routes; we have built great roads that link provinces and districts, but nobody uses them as everyone just wants to use the toll roads heading to Central Java," Ganjar said on Sunday (11/06).

The governor formed a special committee for the holiday exodus, in cooperation with relevant parties, including the police.

The East Brebes toll road exit in Central Java, famously known as "Brexit," experienced severe traffic congestion, which resulted in the deaths of 18 people last year, mainly due to fatigue and other health complications.

The congestion was caused by people setting up impromptu markets on the roadside, inadequate road infrastructure and vehicles lining up for fuel at nearby gas stations.

"We have also received a list of routes and spots that must be safeguarded, such as [emerging] impromptu markets, gas stations and U-turns. Based on the previous evaluation, those three spots have caused the [deadly] traffic congestion [last year]," he said.

He also confirmed the readiness of his administration to deal with the traffic.

"District heads, mayors and my [other] colleagues are ready to handle the issue. We have also received a recommendation to have paramedics on standby and to address an issue that caused so much trouble – the restrooms," the governor said.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo specifically requested that measures be taken to prevent a reoccurrence of a "Brexit" situation.

Last year's traffic congestion saw traffic buildups of more than 18 kilometers for 48 hours.

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