President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) confirmed that some seats in trains and planes were still available for the public for the 2022 Eid al-Fitr homecoming.
“Some seats are vacant in means of transportation, such as trains and planes. Most of the people choose to travel by land,” Jokowi stated in Sumenep, East Java, on Wednesday.
Jokowi remarked that around 23 million cars and 17 million motorcycles will be used for the 2022 Eid exodus based on a survey conducted by the Ministry of Transportation, while the homecoming flow is estimated to peak on April 28, 29, and 30, 2022.
To this end, the head of state called for making thorough preparations for traffic management, including the odd-even vehicle plate rule, implementation of one-way traffic, and the prohibition on trucks to use toll roads.
However, he assessed that the various precautionary measures readied could not guarantee to reduce the congestion that may likely occur on toll roads due to the large number of travelers using cars and motorbikes, according to the survey from the Ministry of Transportation.
“The traffic management preparations will not guarantee to reduce congestion. I urge travelers, who use cars, to depart earlier than the estimated peak of homecoming. Some 23 million cars is not a small figure,” he emphasized.
Earlier, the government had allowed the 2022 Eid homecoming for the public by prioritizing COVID-19 vaccination as one of the requirements.
People administered the booster vaccine are not required to fulfill any requirements, while people that have taken the second dose of COVID-19 must complete the requirements for antigen test results, while those who have just received the first dose must include the requirements for a PCR test for Eid homecoming.
Source: Antara News