Jakarta’s air quality today, Thursday 1st August at 11:30 Western Indonesia Times (WIB), is the worst it has ever been in terms of air quality as compared to other major countries in the world.
According to AirVisual, the Air Quality Index (AQI) stands at 161 within PM2.5 parameters and 75.4 ug/m3.
Jakarta has managed top the list of the most polluted cities in the world, ahead of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Lahore in Pakistan.
Anies Baswedan, the Jakarta Governor, said that he is designing a roadmap for waste management in the capital city. He made the statement in response to a comparative study held by Surabaya city council.
The governor said that he is currently preparing to change the city’s waste management system, as the previous governors did not focus on the issue. He also mentioned that criticising him meant criticising his predecessors. “We know that the waste management in Jakarta is not good yet thus far, and that’s a fact,” the governor admitted.
Earlier, a video of Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini laughing when told that Jakarta earmarked Rp3trillion for waste management circulated on social media. Surabaya is known to only spend Rp30billion per year.