We are currently formulating a cooperation agreement with South Tangerang city and Bekasi city
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The provincial government of Jakarta will cooperate with the South Tangerang city and Bekasi city governments to control air pollution in the capital city.

"We are currently formulating a cooperation agreement with South Tangerang city and Bekasi city," Head of the Jakarta Environment Office Asep Kuswanto stated at the Jakarta City Hall, Monday.

According to Kuswanto, the cooperation encompassed conducting joint motor vehicle emission testing and thereafter formulating policies together to control air pollution.

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He expressed optimism that other regional governments in the Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) areas would also follow suit to jointly control air pollution.

"Without comprehensive cooperation with the district and city governments around Jakarta, air (pollution) control cannot be properly achieved," he remarked.

Emission testing in Jakarta is stipulated in Jakarta Governor's Regulation Number 66 of 2020, targeted for vehicles older than three years, and the results are valid for a year.

Based on data, so far, 715,273 four-wheeled vehicles have undergone emissions testing in Jakarta. In the province, there are 318 workshops for four-wheeled vehicles that conduct emissions testing supported by 895 technicians.

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As many as 64,175 two-wheelers have undergone emissions testing at 94 workshops supported by 176 technicians.

Motor vehicles are one of the contributors to the mobile source air pollution that accumulate harmful pollutants.

According to the Jakarta Environment Office, the measurement results from five Air Quality Measurement Stations (SPKUs) show that PM2.5 and PM10 pollutants are far above the national annual standard.

Jakarta's air quality index from year to year is at a low level as compared to other regions, with a value of 53.50 to 78.78.

The Jakarta provincial government is aiming for a 41-percent decline in the levels of harmful PM2.5 pollutants by 2030.

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Translator: Dewa Ketut, Raka Adji
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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