Govt Encourages Travelers to Use Java’s Southern Coastal Route During Mudik
In a bid to anticipate vehicle density on the Trans Java Toll Road during mudik (annual exodus ahead of Eid-al-Fitr) period, the Government suggests travelers to take non-toll road on Javas southern route.
“The national road (non-toll) in the southern lane can be an alternative route for mudik travelers. Besides taking the toll roads, I also recommend to use national roads during the mudik period,” Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said after inspecting Nagreg intersection, West Java, Wednesday (29/5).
The Minister has predicted that Java’s southern coastal areas such as Nagreg, Tasikmalaya, and Garut have less traffic congestion than other areas. He also added that travelers can enjoy the beautiful coastline along the road which can be a pleasant choice to make.
Budi estimated that mudik flow will occur on Friday (31/5). Therefore, Ministry of Transportation has issued Regulation of Minister of Transportation Number 37 of 2019 on Traffic Regulations during the 2019 Eid-al-Fitr Transportation Period in order to provide security, safety, and to smoothen the flow of vehicles on the road. For the record, Bandung-Nagreg-Tasikmalaya route is one of the roads affected by traffic restrictions.
“The ban for heavy vehicles operations, except for trucks that carry staple foods, will take place from 30 May to 2 June,” Budi said.
On that occasion, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani appreciated parties involved in the traffic regulations during Eid exodus, especially in the West Java’s southern route.
“The National Police Traffic Corps has cooperated with the regents, local governments, and other related ministries to smoothen the mudik traffic flow,” Puan said, adding that the Government also provides health posts for the travelers.
After inspecting the route, the entourage also had the opportunity to visit Eid integrated posts established by the Bandung Resort Police in Cikaledong, Nagreg, Bandung District. (PR of Transportation Ministry/ES)
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Edited by: Rany Anjany/Mia Medyana