The government continues to take precautionary measures to handle the peak of the 2022 Eid homecoming reverse flow by readying a plethora of scenarios for traffic management.
Deputy I of the Presidential Chief of Staff, Febry Calvin Tetelepta, stated on Friday that the peak of the Eid homecoming return flow was forecast to occur from Friday to Sunday.
“The government will try its best to serve the community, including by making arrangements for handling the reverse flow with the application of traffic management to break down congestion,” he noted.
The government has conducted traffic management by regulating the use of toll roads by enforcing the even-odd vehicle plate policy and the one-way road policy, as well as by banning trucks from entering toll roads.
“This policy is considered to be effective in breaking down traffic jams during the homecoming flow last weekend,” Tetelepta noted.
To anticipate queues of people waiting to enter Java Island from Sumatra, the government readied an additional port — Panjang Port in Lampung Province — to accommodate vehicles and passengers heading to Ciwandan Port, Banten Province.
Tetelepta also reminded the public to return earlier or after the peak of the return flow in order to avoid traffic jams.
“The public can consider returning from their hometown earlier or after the peak of the homecoming return flow,” he stated.
According to reports on the return flow from the Palikanci Toll Road to Jakarta, the Police noted that as of Friday afternoon, around 120 thousand vehicles were plying to return to the capital city.
Head of the Binaopsnal Division of the West Java Police Ditlantas Adjunct Senior Commissioner (AKBP) Bayu Catur Prabowo stated that 70 percent of the vehicles came from the Palimanan toll gate to Cikatama.
“Of the 120 thousand vehicles, 70 percent came from the Palimanan toll gate to Cikatama,” he revealed.
Apart from the Palimanan toll gate, several other vehicles moving towards Jakarta came from various areas in West Java, he added.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had earlier appealed to people to return earlier from their hometowns to avoid traffic jams.
Jokowi affirmed that travelers can also return after the peak of the return flow forecast to occur on May 6-8, 2022, to avoid traffic congestion.
However, the head of state emphasized that this option should be adjusted to the permits obtained from their respective workplaces.
Source: Antara News