Headlines of several national newspapers published today, June 12 2018
We begin with Kompas entitled, “Homecoming Spike Anticipated.”
Different from the previous years, the peak of homecoming flow that usually happened on D-3 or D-2 of Eid Holiday, now happened earlier. Besides, the number of homecomers during the peak is not so different from other days. Transportation Ministry predicted, the homecoming peak had happened last Saturday and Sunday or D-5 and D-6 of Eid. The change happened because of the relatively long national holiday, on time holiday allowances, and better supporting infrastructures such as toll road. Nevertheless, the Transportation Ministry still anticipates any spike of the homecoming during the D-2 and D-3 of Eid, which are Tuesday evening and Wednesday (13/6).
Transportation Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi at Merak Seaport, Banten, on Monday said, the homecoming peaks on land and sea are different. On land, mainly the toll and non-toll road had happened on D-6 and D-5. The flow on D-8 until D-4 was relatively smooth without total traffic jam at the toll roads and artery roads. The short traffic density only happened on several toll gates, exits, and rest areas.
Moving on to Media Indonesia, “90 Percent of Homecoming Route is Good.”
More than 90 percent of the national road which reached 48 thousand kilometers is in good condition for the homecoming. Public Works and People Housing Minister, Basuki Hadimuljono in Jakarta, Monday said that especially in the Java Northern Coast (Pantura), from 789 kilometers, 525 kilometers had fully operated, complete with supporting facilities. According to Minister Basuki, the Pantura toll road is only one of four routes that can be used by the homecomers in Java. Three other roads include Pantura, middle route, and the southern coasts. The Java Southern Coasts had been ready to Pacitan. From Pacitan to Banyuwangi had been begun recently. Minister Basuki reminded, the homecoming happens also outside Java, although the highest flow is on that island.
We end the Headlines with Republika which wrote, “Anticipation of Homecoming Peak Differences.”
The government predicted, there will be differences in the land and sea homecoming peak, especially in Merak-Bakauheni route. If the land peak happened on Saturday (9/6) and Tuesday (12/6), while on the sea it is predicted to be on Tuesday (12/6) until Thursday (14/6) or D-1 of Eid. Nevertheless, Human Development and Culture Coordinating Minister, Puan Maharani when monitoring Merak Seaport in Banten on Monday ensured that the government was ready to provide optimal service to face the differences. She hoped the homecoming can be safe, smooth, and comfortable.