Govt to provide 208,435 people with free Idul Fitri trips
The Jakarta Post
The government plans to provide 208,435 people with free trips to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fritri in late June. Last year, the government provided various modes of transportation for 122,733 people.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Thursday that the assistance would be provided to those who usually travel to their hometown by motorcycle.
The move, he said, is to reduce traffic accidents involving the anticipated mass exodus of motorcycles. “There are a lot of accidents involving motorcycles. So we urge people not to use their motorcycles at all this year,” Budi said on Thursday.
This year, the government will also transport 44,721 motorcycles using various means of transportation, such as trains and trucks, so that people can use their vehicles in their hometowns. Last year, the government transported 17,557 motorcycles.
Buses and trucks will be stationed in Jakarta and will transport citizens for free to a number of towns and cities in West Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta.
Applications for the program opened on Thursday for land transportation, with online applications accepted on the ministry’s website.
The government has allocated Rp 90 billion (US$6.7 million) for the program this year, a steep increase from Rp 20 billion last year.(bbn)
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