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Jakarta Post

Exodus route hellish from Jakarta to S. Sumatra

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 27 2011   /  07:00 am

Many motorists are predicting this year’s Idul Fitri exodus journey from Jakarta to South Sumatra will be unbearable given the threat of congestion, especially at Merak Port in Banten.

Damaged bridges are also another obstacle for homebound travelers along the Sumatra overland routes.

“There are at least 20 damaged bridges in Lampung located along Sumatra’s eastern, western, central and east coast highways,” said Lampung chapter Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) head Subadrayani Moersalin on Friday.

Cakat Raya Bridge on the Sumatra eastern highway and Besai Bridge on the central highway in Way Kanan regency, Lampung, are two major bridges that are damaged.

Moersalin said the government was not ready to cope with the Idul Fitri exodus this year due to only 28 ferries (most of which are obsolete or break down) serving the Merak-Bakauheni ferry cro...