Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi (center), National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian (right) and Banten Governor Wahidin Halim (left) elaborate the plans to mitigate holiday travelers ahead of the Idul Fitri celebration in Merak Port, Banten, on Sunday (11/06). (Antara Photo/Asep Fathulrahman)

Transportation Ministry, Police to Keep Roads Safe for Lebaran Exodus


JUNE 12, 2017

Jakarta. The Transportation Ministry will work with local police precincts to keep roads around the country safe during the upcoming Lebaran exodus, or mudik, when Muslims travel to their hometown at the end of Ramadan to celebrate Idul Fitri.

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Sunday (11/06) his ministry in cooperation with the police will establish checkpoints on selected spots on the Lebaran exodus route that are known to cause traffic gridlock.

"We will coordinate the operation down to the officers on the field. Local police officers will be fully in charge," Budi said in Jakarta.

Local administrations have promised to help the ministry by banning local residents from opening roadside stalls on busy Lebaran exodus routes.

"Local administrations can suggest alternative routes and make sure streets and gas stations are cleared of pop-up stalls, especially in Central Java," Budi said.

The ministry has prepared plans to prevent a repeat of last year's horror 28-hour "Brexit" gridlock near the Brebes Toll Road Exit in Central Java, during which 12 people died.

"We've planned road detours and made sure that the Cipali Toll will be in full operation during the Lebaran exodus," the minister said.

Budi advised travelers to do a routine check-up on their vehicles before the Lebaran exodus to prevent their cars from breaking down during the long journey.

"Check the engine on your car before you go. Car repair shops are usually closed on Idul Fitri," he said.

Watch Indonesia Highlights at 8 p.m. tonight on the Jakarta Globe News Channel to find out more.