INASGOC proposes school closures during Asian Games
The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) has proposed that the Jakarta administration should close schools during the duration of the Asian Games.
"We have to find a way to reduce traffic congestion in Jakarta by between 20 and 30 percent and one of many ways is to have school closures and adjustments in working hours. But, we don't have the authority to decide," INASGOC chairman Erick Thohir said as quoted by Antara.
Erick said that if implemented, school closures could significantly reduce the traveling time of athletes and officials during the Games.
The Jakarta administration has been urged to manage traffic from the athletes’ village in Kemayoran to the Asian Games venue at the Gelora Bung Kano sports complex in Central Jakarta, to comply with standards set by the Organizing Committee of Asia (OCA) regarding athletes’ traveling time.
The OCA has stated travel times between the two points should not exceed 34 minutes.
Erick expected that without congestion in the city, athletes and officials would only spend 30 minutes traveling from one venue to another within downtown Jakarta.
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