Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, has urged the public to avoid traveling during the peak of the 2023 Eid al-Fitr return flow on April 24-25 in order to prevent overcrowding of people and vehicles.

"To prevent congestion during the peak return flow on April 24-25, the government is recommending that people who do not have urgent travel needs avoid traveling during this time," he stated in a video uploaded by the Presidential Secretariat monitored in Jakarta on Monday.

The president noted that individuals can delay their return until after April 26, 2023.

This recommendation applies to civil servants (ASNs), National Police (Polri), Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), state-owned enterprises (SOEs) employees, or private employees whose technical holiday mechanism can be arranged by their respective agencies, either in the form of additional leave or other leave, he remarked.

Jokowi also urged the public to comply with all rules and directions from officers in the field during the 2023 Eid return period.

According to him, the government has been able to properly manage the 2023 Eid homecoming flow, despite the fact that it was the highest in history.

"Thank God, the government and all parties involved, including the community, have been able to manage the homecoming flow as well as possible," he said.

Regarding the return flow, Jokowi stated that the Transportation Ministry had predicted 203,000 vehicles per day from the east using the Trans Java Toll Road, and from Bandung via the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road.

"This is a very large number compared to the normal number of 53,000 vehicles," he added.

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Editor: Anton Santoso
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