Wednesday, Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, was ranked as the most polluted metropolis in the globe.
Since May, the Swiss air quality technology company IQAir has consistently ranked it among the world’s top 10 most polluted cities.
Almost every day in Jakarta, hazardous levels of air pollution are recorded, it is stated.
Jakarta has a population of over 10 million individuals.
President Joko Widodo told reporters last week that moving the nation’s capital city to Nusantara would solve the problem.
One solution is to reduce the burden on Jakarta so that some of it will later be moved to Nusantara. And the mass transportation is a must,” he said.
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Nusantara is slated to become the new capital of Indonesia the following year, with at least 16,000 civil servants, military personnel, and police officers relocating there.
Residents of Jakarta have long complained about the air’s toxicity, and in 2021, some of them filed and won a civil suit demanding that the government take action to reduce air pollution.
The court ruled that Widodo must establish national air quality standards to safeguard human health and that the health minister and governor of Jakarta must develop strategies to combat air pollution.
Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the globe. Now that the arid season has arrived, air pollution will reach its zenith. Ministry of Environment and Forestry statistics indicate that 44% of air pollution is caused by transportation.
In comparison, 31% is derived from industry.
Compared to 2022, the health office of Jakarta has reported an increase in health issues caused by air pollution this year.
The director of disease prevention and control at the Jakarta Health Agency, Dwi Oktavia, stated, “It is increased compared to 2022. And it is almost the same condition we found in 2019 and 2018, before the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Source: Fox News