The Jakarta administration has planned to build about 50 open green spaces called Taman Maju Bersama each year as one of the measures to control worsening air quality in the capital.
Governor Anies Baswedan said for the first stage, he targeted the construction of 53 parks in the city to be completed in December this year.
“The forestry, parks and cemeteries agency has reported that all 53 will be completed as of December,” Anies said on Sunday as quoted by kompas.com.
He added that he was optimistic the number would reach 200 in 2022.
Anies said the city administration would also invite local communities to have discussions on the designs of the parks so that the results would be in accordance with their needs as the parks’ users.
Green spaces in the city stand at 10 percent of Jakarta’s 661.6 square-kilometer area, falling drastically short of the 30 percent mandated by the 2007 Spatial Planning Law.
The development of open green space is one of the agendas listed in Gubernatorial Instruction No. 66/2019 on air quality control issued by Anies to strengthen the measures to curb air pollution.
Under the instruction, the city has also planted 100,000 Bougainville flowers along the major roads of Jl. Jenderal Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta as the plants are considered to have the ability to absorb pollutants.
Anies said to support the people’s daily interactions and activities, there would be 2 million plants that included 500,000 trees and 1.5 million ornamental plants to be planted by 2022. – JP