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Jakarta Post

Batam, Makassar, Palembang promise green transport

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Bangkok   /   Sat, November 15 2008   /  10:57 am

Eleven Asian cities including Batam, Makassar and Palembang signed a declaration Wednesday promising to promote eco-friendly public transport to help clean the cities' air. Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan, Palembang Mayor Eddy Santana Putra and the assistant to Makassar Mayor for Economic and Social Development Burhanuddin Jalaluddin signed the Kyoto Declaration on the sidelines of the Better Air Quality conference in Bangkok. The other signatories were mayors from Baguio, Cebu, Makati (the Philippines), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Karachi (Pakistan), Katmandu (Nepal), Surat and Guwahati (India). Under the declaration, the mayors pledged to promote environmentally-sustainable transport, clean fuel technology and non-motorized vehicles in the cities. The mayors also agreed to provide exclusive pedestrian and bicycles lanes and ensure safe and comfortable movement of women, children, the ...