North Bali Airport – -In An Apparent Reversal, Jakarta Announces North Bali Airport Will Go Ahead, But Only After North-South Toll Road Built
NusaBali reports an apparent change in direction by National leaders in Jakarta who are now signaling that a planned new international airport in North Bali may still go ahead, despite a report that plans for an airport at Kubutambahan had been scuttled.
The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, has announced that Bali’s new airport of the north will be built. Pandjatan says the ground breaking for the new airport will take place “if” and “when” the North-South Bali Tollway is constructed. Meanwhile, lawmakers from the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) are calling on the Ministry of Transportation to quickly declare the location for the Buleleng Airport.
Speaking in Jakarta on Friday, March 30, 2018, Minister Pandjaitan issues a written statement saying: “The construction will take place, and a road connecting North Bali and South Bali will also be built. If the road construction is done, then the cornerstone for the North Bali Airport can be put in place. What remains to be done is to set the schedules, because the investment amount is very large.”
Luhut said the construction of the north-south road and airport can balance development between the northern and southern parts of Bali, contributing to the welfare of people living in the northern, western and eastern regions of the Island. “We are calling for a study (on the Toll Road) to be quickly completed. Roads infrastructure on the left and right side of Bali will go ahead while at the same time preserving environmental balance,” said Luhut.
The Coordinating Minister also said that the expansion of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport remains a pressing requirement to handle the rapid growth in passenger arrivals and delegates and VIP aircraft attending international conferences in Bali. Adding: “Earlier, it was decided to continue with the development of Ngurah Rai Airport. The recommendation from the Governor was issued on Thursday, March 29, 2018. During his latest visit to Bali, Minister Pandjaitan made inspection visits to Bali’s Airport and the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Monument.
North Bali Airport – Luhut told the press that the construction of the exterior elements of the GWK have reached 60% with the “topping off” to take place on May 20, 2018, in conjunction with a religious blessing for the monument. Developers hope the President will attend a formal inauguration of theGWK on August 28, 2018.