Thursday, 28 January 2010

Report environmental violations to 0811 932 932

Report environmental violations to 0811 932 932

Adianto P. Simamora , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 01/26/2010

The government has launched an online system allowing the public to report environmental violations via short message service (SMS).

People can send reports of violations to 0811 932 932 or lodge them online via the State Environment Ministry website:

“We invite the public to monitor the progress of their complaints. We hope it will force the government or local administrations to do something to improve the environment,” State Environment Ministry compliance deputy Illyas Asaad said in Jakarta on Tuesday .

The ministry would, for example, receive reports on declining air quality, river pollution, or companies damaging the environment, Illyas said.

Illyas promised that his office would follow up on reports within two weeks from the time they were sent. “We will send our auditors to the field to verify reports. Of course, we will also make it a priority to follow up on bigger cases,” he said. The office will forward the reports it receives directly to related institutions across the country, and order them to act accordingly.