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Jakarta Post

Car-free push key to rise in clean air days

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 30 2008   /  11:03 am

With the last car free event of the year held on Sunday, Jakarta will have seen 125 days with "good" air quality in 2008, higher than the 73 days recorded last year, an official said Monday. Jakarta Environmental Management Board (BPLHD) Chairman Budirama Natakusumah said the car free events helped Jakarta reach the higher number of days with good air quality this year. The number of days with good quality air has been consistently increasing; from 28 in 2005 to 45 in 2006. "During the car free day events, the areas usually see a 60 to 80 percent drop in carbon monoxide levels and 50 to 60 percent drop in dust pollution," Budirama told The Jakarta Post. He said that his agency's target for next year is to hold the event twice a month along Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin, as well as twice a year in each municipality. This year the...