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Palembang to designate Asian Games venue as pollution-free area

Senin 17 Juli 2017 18:51 WIB

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Countdown timer of Asian Games 2018.

Countdown timer of Asian Games 2018.

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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, PALEMBANG -- The venue of the 2018 Asian Games will be designated as a pollution-free area, according to South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin.

Only electric and gas-fueled vehicles will be allowed to enter the area, Noerdin said here, Monday.

The objective is to make Palembang a healthy and green city.

The 18th Asian Games, a regional sporting event for Asian nations, will be co-hosted by Palembang and Jakarta simultaneously from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

Thousands of athletes from 54 countries are expected to participate in the games.

The South Sumatra provincial administration, in general, and the Palembang municipal government, in particular, are determined to use the event to promote its tourism attractions in order to attract as many tourists as possible.

To this end, they have been improving and renovating several tourist attractions in the city and developing infrastructure and facilities to support the tourism industry.

Among infrastructure being developed in the capital of South Sumatra is a Light Rail Transit (LRT) railway. The vital LRT is expected to help reduce traffic in Palembang, particularly during the implementation of the upcoming Asian Games.

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