Govt Considered Negligent in Handling Air Pollution Issues

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    Central Jakarta. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A group of environmental activists joint in the coalition universe of clean the air movement (Ibu Kota Movement) expressed disappointment over the government`s negligence in handling the issue of air pollution.

    The activists went to the Jakarta City Hall on Wednesday, December 5, to hand over a lawsuit to the Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.

    The lawsuit was also given to the Governor of Banten, the Governor of West Java, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, the Minister of Environment and Forestry, the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Home Affairs.

    Read: Greenpeace Highlights Unhealthy Air in Jakarta

    “We ask the government to seriously handling the air pollution, so it does not take casualties, especially the vulnerable community groups,” said Inayah Wahid, a member of the Ibu Kota Movement.

    Melanie Subono, who is also a member of the Ibu Kota Movement, stated that breathing is a right for every individual and the government has failed to guarantee that right.

    Based on Jakarta air quality monitoring data, the inhaled fine dust particles reached 38μg/m³ and even reached 100μg/m³ on certain days. According to WHO, the safe limit of fine dust particles inhaled by humans is 25μg/m³.

    Nelson Nikodemus Simamora stated there were many violations committed by the government related to handling the air pollution issues. The emission tests on motor vehicles have never been carried out, announced or evaluated. In addition, the government does not regulate coordination for handling pollution between regions at all.