Bali Airport Gigantic Projects in Sight

Bali Airport Gigantic Projects in Sight
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The development of Indonesia is surely faster than ever, especially in transportation. No, I'm not talking about Jakarta Monorail, because that project is still being argued. Currently, there are two projects that have been approved by the government and will be started in just a matter of time. The first project is Sunda Strait Bridge which will be auctioned in 2014. The second is an Elevated Roadway linking the upscale tourist and conference center of Nusa Dua to the Bali capital of Denpasar and its airport. Djoko Murjanto, the Bina Marga director-general said that the government’s plan to lay the first stone of the Sunda Strait Bridge construction is expected to take up to two years. The government must first conduct a feasibility study, followed by a technical design before commencing the construction of the bridge connecting Java and Sumatra. According to Djoko, Rp150 trillion is needed to build the Sunda Strait Bridge, which will include, six roads with a railway in the middle. Meanwhile, Five state companies are planning to build an elevated roadway linking the upscale tourist and conference center of Nusa Dua to the Bali capital of Denpasar and its airport. the five state companies are Angkasa Pura I which manages the island’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, road builder Jasa Marga, contractor Wijaya Karya, port management firm Pelabuhan Indonesia III and Bali Tourism and Development Corporation. The approximately 14.5-kilometer-long road is to be built some four meters above sea level. It would link Ngurah Rai, the port of Benua and the Nusa Dua resort to Denpasar, adding that Rp 2 trillion ($222 million) in funding was being prepared for the project. The construction of the road was necessary to improve the infrastructure on the island ahead of the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which will be held in Bali in 2013. The road’s completion is also meant to coincide with the planned expansion of the airport that same year — just in time for the APEC summit. The airport will see its area expanded and its capacity raised to 23 million travelers a year from the current two million. It was hoped that the construction of the elevated road would put an end to heavy traffic congestion in the area. News Sources: Tempo Interactive, The Jakarta Globe Photo Source: cbc

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