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Depok mulls plan to play songs at traffic lights to entertain motorists

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 13, 2019   /   04:09 pm
Depok mulls plan to play songs at traffic lights to entertain motorists Jl. Margonda Raya in Depok, West Java, is knowns for its heavy traffic. (Tempo/Subekti)

Infamous for its traffic congestion amid continuous development, the Depok administration in West Java is mulling over a plan to play traditional Indonesian music at traffic lights to entertain motorists caught in traffic and hopefully reduce stress levels.

“It is an idea to entertain Depok residents who are caught in traffic, especially on Saturday and Sunday,” Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris said on Friday as reported by kompas.com.

The administration will study the plan and coordinate its details with other related parties, such as the police, he said.

“We can ask the police’s opinion; they may have a different opinion [on the idea]. People may forget to start driving [when the light turns green] if they enjoy the songs too much.”

He acknowledged that it would take time to study the plan and decide whether it would be effective or not.

The administration currently relies on CCTV cameras installed at several traffic lights to monitor the traffic as well as Transportation Agency personnel in the field.

One of Depok's main thoroughfares, Jl. Margonda, is notorious for its severe traffic congestion as motorists, buses, public minivans compete on the street, which lined with malls, schools, residential areas, stores and cafes.