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Jakarta's poor air quality remains despite strict odd-even policy

Tempo - September 13, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Jakarta's expanded traffic policy known as the odd-even policy on Monday, September 9, 2019, that has entered its fifth-day seems to not significantly improve the city's air quality. According to AirVisual's air quality monitoring the air quality of the city remains at the level of 'unhealthy.'

According to its website that can be accessed at airvisual.com, Jakarta's air quality scored 146 based on the air quality index (AQI) which is deemed unhealthy.

This condition strongly recommends Jakartans not to conduct outdoor exercises and not open windows. It also advises people to wear breathing masks and encourage to activate the use of air-filter technologies.

The Jakarta administration applied the odd-even number plate policy to a greater area across the city's main streets to encourage the use of public transport.

PT Transjakarta president director Agung Wicaksono claims this policy increased the number of Transjakarta bus passengers to an all-time high up to 902,000 passengers per Wednesday from the previous 750,000.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1247393/jakartas-poor-air-quality-remains-despite-strict-odd-even-policy