Anies Baswedan to Install More Air Quality Monitoring Systems

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  • Smog blankets the area of Bung Karno Sports Stadium in Jakarta, July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

    Smog blankets the area of Bung Karno Sports Stadium in Jakarta, July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan planned to install more air quality monitoring systems to obtain complete data regarding the city’s air quality.

    “If today we are asked by those who said [the capital's] air quality is poor, we can say that’s only in 10-15 areas of Jakarta,” said Anies at the City Hall, Central Jakarta, Friday, July 5.

    Anies mentioned that the data often used to determine air quality were obtained from the monitoring system belonged to the air forecaster AirVisual placed in the U.S. Embassy office in Gambir, Central Jakarta. So, according to him, the data only represented the Gambir area and its vicinity.

    “We will have more monitoring tools of air quality so they will reach wider areas of Jakarta,” Anies determined. 

    ReadJokowi, Anies Baswedan Face Civil Lawsuit over Air Pollution

    Last week, AirVisual named Jakarta as the world’s worst polluted city as it scored 208 in the air quality index (AQI) on Wednesday morning, June 26. Lahore in Pakistan, Hanoi in Vietnam, Dubai in UEA, and Wuhan in China were also among the top five of the most polluted cities.

    On Thursday, July 4, a group of people joined an environmental movement dubbed Ibu Kota filed a civil lawsuit over air pollution to the Central Jakarta District Court. The lawsuit was addressed to President Joko Widodo or Jokowi, the Environment and Forestry Minister, the Health Minister, the Home Affairs Minister, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, the West Java Governor, and the Banten Governor.

    M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH