Govt Ready For Annual Exodus
Date 23 Mei 2019
In a bid to improve the security, safety, and convenience aspects of this years mudik (annual exodus ahead of Eid Al-Fitr), Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has prepared the 503-km Trans Sumatra Toll Road and the 1,000.7-km Trans Java Toll Road.
Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono in a Working Meeting with the House of Representatives Commission V, in Jakarta, Monday (21/5), stated that the Sumatera Toll road consists of a 281-km operational toll road and a 222-km functional toll road.
The operational toll road comprising of Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar (140.4 km), Palembang-Indralaya (21.9 km), Medan-Binjai (13.2 km), Medan-Kualanamu- Tebing Tinggi (62.2 km), and Belawan-Medan-Tanjung Morawa (42.7 km). Meanwhile, the functional toll road covers Terbanggi Besar-Pematang Panggang-Kayu Agung (189 km) and Kayu Agung-Palembang (33 km).
The utilization of the Trans Sumatera functional toll road will be controlled by the National Police Traffic Corps (Korlantas),” Basuki said.
The Trans Sumatra Toll road, the Minister added, provides rest areas along the operational toll road and temporary rest areas along the functional toll road. The Ministry places toilet cars and public hydrants in various rest areas as well as mudik posts along the mudik routes.
In addition to toll roads, Basuki said that a 7,918-km national road in Sumatra will also be available. It includes a 2,563-km West Cross Road (97% meets the standards), a 3,017-km East Cross Road (93% meets the standards), and a 2,338-km Middle Cross Road (94% meets the standards).
“National road in the Jambi-Palembang border still needs to be repaired due to an auction process failure. For this reason, emergency response will be carried out to solve the potholes problems while the auction still in process,” he said.
According to the Minister, the Trans Java Toll road consists of a 996-km operational toll road and a 4.7-km toll road (Pandaan-Malang Toll section 4: Singosari-Pakis) while the section 1-3 of the Pandaan-Malang Toll road (31 km) is operational. He added that all toll roads and national roads in Java will be managed by the National Police Traffic Corps and that the Cikampek-Semarang route has a better condition this year.
Basuki also mentioned the availability of the Java national road. It includes a-1,341 km North Cross Road (97% meets the standards), a 1,197-km Middle Cross Road (93% meets the standards) and an 888-km East Cross Road (98% meets the standards). A 1,267-km of a total 1,647 km South Beach Road (83% meets the standards) is also available.
For the record, the Ministry has also inaugurated the170-meter Colonel Sunandar bridge that connects Kudus-Demak. The bridge is located in the vital access to the North Coast of Java (Pantura) road in Central Java.
“The bridge really benefits the people. It is a two-directions bridge. In addition, two bridges in Temanggung (Galeh and Progo Bridges) are also ready to be opened to the public,” the Minister said.
A number of road repairs using rigid pavement in Java, he added, have also been completed and are ready to be opened during mudik session.
“The rigid pavement in Kebumen area as well as Prupuk, will be opened (to public) on Tuesday. So, we can ensure that all repairs will stop on D-10 of Eid al-Fitr,” Basuki concluded. (BKM Kementerian PUPR/ES)
Translated by : Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Edited by : Ridwan Ibadurrohman, Mia M. Bonaedy