Asian Games committee wants House compound for parking lot
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
The Jakarta Post
As the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports stadium complex in Central Jakarta and its surrounding areas, except Jl. Sudirman, will be closed for the Asian Games opening ceremony, the committee has requested that the nearby House of Representatives compound be used as a parking venue during the event.
Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) chief Erick Thohir said on Sunday that the opening evening on August 18 would be attended by some 6,000 athletes and 5,000 guests. The athletes are set to parade to the venue.
“If the capacity of one bus is 60 people, you can imagine how many buses will be used in the opening. Where will those buses park?” Erick said on Sunday after a Games promotional event in Jakarta.
INASGOC is looking to use the nearby House parking lot to accommodate the buses during the ceremony, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said the administration would manage traffic so that athletes could arrive at their venues on time.
The Organizing Committee of Asia (OCA) has suggested that the travel time from the athletes village to sports venues should not exceed 34 minutes.
However, from simulations conducted by the city administration, the trip between the athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, to the stadium took 50 minutes because of traffic congestion.
“The administration will reduce the traveling time to 27 minutes by escorting the athletes’ vehicles in motorcades,” Sandiaga said. (wit)
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