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Indonesia to Introduce 'car Free Day' to Curb Pollution

by Medindia Content Team on October 15, 2007 at 1:12 PM
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Indonesia to Introduce 'car Free Day' to Curb Pollution

Indonesia's capital will introduce a "car free day" every month even though an experiment last month failed due to poor publicity.

The light traffic in Jakarta during the Eid-ul-Fitr (the end of fasting month of Ramadan) holiday had shown a considerable reduction in air pollution, convincing the capital's administration to have the "car free day" more frequently, Antara news agency Sunday quoted the capital's governor Fauzi Bowo as saying.

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"We estimated that 70 percent of air pollution in Jakarta came from vehicle emission," Fauzi said.

Last month, the local government declared the main thoroughfare free from car on a Saturday. But the trial run was poorly communicated, and many people were unawares. The traffic, which was normally light on Saturdays, became heavily congested in Central Jakarta.

With a population of about 10 million, Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia. It was estimated that there are more than three million vehicles and numerous motorcycles in the city.

Source: IANS
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