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PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FOREST FIRES SHOULD STAY INDOORS

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The pollution caused by land and forest fires may have an acute health impact in the short run.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – People living in land-fire and forest fire-affected areas should avoid outdoor activities so they are not exposed to smoke, Director of Environmental Health of the Health Ministry Imran Agus Nurali has appealed. “We ask the public not to carry out outdoor activities so frequently. They should try, as far as possible, to avoid being exposed to smoke,” he said here Thursday (8/8/2019).

The pollution caused by land and forest fires may have an acute health impact in the short run, he said.

Acute respiratory tract infection is a health disorder which is mostly found where the air quality is bad due to land and forest fires, he said.

The inspection may trigger other diseases among the people exposed to air pollution, he said.

“Since it is acute, it could trigger asthma, hypertension and heart disease for those running the risk of the diseases,” he said.

Health offices both at provincial and district/municipal levels are still able to cope with the problems caused by land and forest fires, he said.

“Of course, we must prevent land and forest fires. Not only local people but companies also set fire to the forest to make way for farmland,” he said.

The commitment and policy of regional governments are essential to handle air pollution caused by land and forest fires, vehicles and industries, he said. (arm)

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47,000 VEHICLES ENTERED JAKARTA ON CHRISTMAS DAY

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On the same day, the volume of eastbound traffic through the same gate was as high.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – No less than 47 thousand vehicles entered Jakarta through the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road on Christmas day, Wednesday (25/12/2019). “This number showed an increase of 91 percent from the normal daily traffic of 25 thousand vehicles,” Corporate Communication and Community Development Group Head of PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk, Dwimawan Heru said in Jakarta, Thursday (26/12/2019) afternoon.

The number of vehicles was recorded from toll receipts at the Cikampek Utama Toll Gate.

Jasa Marga also noted that the highest traffic volume for the Christmas holidays in 2019 occurred between 5:00 pm and 5:59 pm local time, with 3,388 vehicles passing through the Cikampek Utama gate into Jakarta.

On the same day, the volume of eastbound traffic through the same gate was as high.

“As many as 47 thousand vehicles via the Cikampek Utama toll gate headed for Trans Java, went up 85 percent from the normal daily traffic of 25 thousand vehicles,” he said.

On the day after Christmas, Thursday (26/12/2019), Jasa Marga predicted that there would still be 36 thousand vehicles that are due to return to Jakarta via the gate in Cikampek Utama.

“This number increased by 48 percent from the normal daily traffic of 24,009 vehicles,” he said.

Traffic flow to the east is predicted to increase again with 44 thousand vehicles expected to cross the Cikampek Utama gate to Trans Java direction.

“This showed an increase of 69 percent compared to normal daily traffic,” he said. (ant)

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LRT JAKARTA COMMERCIALLY OPERATES WITH FLAT-RATE TARIFF

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LRT Jakarta had opened a free-of-charge trial run to the public from July to late November 2019, with a route covering six stations - Velodrome, Equestrian, Pulomas, Boulevard Selatan, Boulevard Utara, and Pegangsaan Dua.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Jakarta’s light rail transit (LRT) officially operated commercial services on Sunday (1/12/2019) morning by applying a flat-rate tariff of Rp5,000 (36 cents) per passenger per trip.

LRT Jakarta had opened a free-of-charge trial run to the public from July to late November 2019, with a route covering six stations – Velodrome, Equestrian, Pulomas, Boulevard Selatan, Boulevard Utara, and Pegangsaan Dua.

Around 30 percent of the tariff is subsidized by the Jakarta provincial government as the actual tariff for the operational service could reach tens of thousand rupiah.

The General Manager of LRT Jakarta’s Operation and Service Aditya Kesuma confirmed that the subsidized tariff would not have any impact on its service since it is a public service oriented.

“LRT also has a partnership agreement with the government concerning on minimum service standards that we have to implement,” Kesuma noted. (ibl)

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MRT JAKARTA OFFERS FIVE STATION NAMING RIGHTS

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PT MRT Jakarta President Director, William Sabandar.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – PT MRT Jakarta has offered five station-naming rights in 2020 to add to the existing five named stations, which contribute to the company’s earnings from station commercialization. “At the moment there are five (named stations), we are targeting five more in the next year,” said PT MRT Jakarta President Director William Sabandar in his presentation titled “MRT Jakarta: Guarding Sustainability” in Jakarta, Wednesday (27/11/2019).

Five stations that have received the naming rights contract include Dukuh Atas BNI, Setiabudi Astra, Istora Mandiri, Blok M BCA and Lebak Bulus Grab.

MRT Jakarta has 13 stations, but one of them, the ASEAN station, has not been contracted because it was a grant from the DKI Jakarta Government as an appreciation to ASEAN.

With 10 stations contracted, Jakarta MRT has two more stations that are still available.

One of the stations with the highest bid is the Bundaran HI Station and MRT Jakarta is currently still delaying the opening of that bid.

“(In 2020) We will open the bidding for Bundaran HI. There is big potential,” he said.

The naming rights were one of the biggest contributors in terms of non-farebox revenue, reaching 33 percent after advertising, which contributed 55 percent, he said.

For example, the value of the Lebak Bulus Station contracted by Grab, reached Rp33 billion a year.

“For this reason, we must encourage naming rights to increase revenue from the non-farebox side,” he said.

Non-ticket revenue sources amounted to Rp225 billion, which is greater than the revenue from tickets or farebox totaling Rp180 billion, until the end of 2019, Sabandar further said.

From the non-ticket revenue, the biggest contributor was advertising with 55 percent, naming rights was 33 percent, telecommunications was two percent and retail and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (UMKM) was one percent.

The other nine percent came from bank interests and foreign exchange differences valued at Rp40 billion. (ant)

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