DevelopmentDevelopment in Bali Keeps Going Despite the Pandemic

Development in Bali Keeps Going Despite the Pandemic

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Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan stated that infrastructure development in Bali must continue amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Even though we are currently in a pandemic period, development must continue,” said Luhut, Monday (10/5).

Luhut reminded that all developments carried out must be able to improve the community’s economy and take advantage of domestic products.

Several infrastructure projects were discussed at the meeting, including the construction of a cultural center and protection of the Besakih Sacred Area as well as road construction such as the Mengwitani-Singaraji section shortcut, Ruas Kusamba – Padang Bai – Amlapura road, and Gilimanuk – Mengwi toll road.

Next, the meeting discussed the construction of a dam or reservoir, a Drinking Water Treatment System (SPAM), and Waste Processing into Electrical Energy (PSEL). Some of the Drinking Water Treatment System facility developments discussed are the SPAM from the Sidan and Tamblang Dam, the construction of the Burana-Titab Regional Spam, the continued construction of several dams or reservoirs, and the construction of the Sarbagita PSEL.

“Last Friday President Joko Widodo inaugurated the Waste Processing into Electrical Energy Factory at the Benowo landfill which became a national pilot project. PSEL Sarbagita can imitate the existing system there,” he said.

The meeting also discussed the development of Sangsit Buleleng Port, Amed Karangasem Port, a ferry port, and a marina port in Gunaksa, the continued development of the Sanur – Bias Munjul – Sampalan (Mentigi) Triangle Port, and the revitalization of Gilimanuk Port.

In addition, the meeting also discussed the acceleration of the construction of the new North Bali airport, plans for the construction of the North Bali and South Bali railways, and the development of electric vehicles.

In the same statement, Bali Governor Wayan Koster conveyed the provincial government’s support for the electric vehicle program. The Provincial Government of Bali itself continues to encourage the use of electric vehicles.

Besides being able to achieve a cost efficiency of 15-30 percent compared to conventional fuel-based vehicles, KBLBB can also reduce emissions by 10-20 percent of Bali’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“Including the making of the Bali Provincial Governor Regulation Number 48 of 2019 concerning the Use of Battery-Based Electric Motor Vehicles (KBLBB), the establishment of electric vehicle charging stations (SPKLU), and the gradual electrification of transportation,” he explained.

Based on previous studies, areas in Bali will be categorized based on themes.

The Sarbagita area (Denpasar-Badung-Gianyar-Tabanan) will become an urban area; Ceginangan or Celuknginang (Celukan Bawang-Gilimanuk-Negara-Pengambengan) will be used for industry, metals and fisheries.

Sikubatula (Singaraja-Kubutambahan-Batur-Tulamben-Amed) as marine tourism and geopark; Ulikalung (Ubud-Bangli-Karangasem-Klungkung) will become cultural tourism; Santipiversityi (Sanda-Baturiti-Pancasari-Plaga-Kintamani) as the location of agro-industry and agro-tourism.

Furthermore, Nusa Penida and its surroundings (Nusa Penida-Nusa Ceningan-Nusa Lembongan) for marine tourism, aquaculture, and animal husbandry.

Photo by Artem Beliaikin from Pexels

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