As air quality fails to improve, Jakarta plans to extend remote working for public employees.
The Jakarta administration ordered half of its public employees to work from home last month as part of an effort to reduce the number of vehicles in the city and improve the air quality.
This situation was planned to continue until mid-October. Now, Jakarta plans to extend remote work for public employees as the city’s air quality has not improved despite various efforts to curb air pollution.
Jakarta acting governor, Heru Budi Hartono, said they were considering extending work-from-home arrangements at least until the rainy season starts.
This is predicted by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) to be in November.
The capital employs around 200,000 people, 60,000 of whom are civil servants.
Heru said authorities would also set up water mist generators, manufactured by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), in all city-owned buildings, to help clean the air.