President Orders Restoration of Tampaksiring Temple
GIANYAR ~ Two buildings that were seriously damaged by a falling tree at Tirta Empul Temple, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, were visited by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last Friday and the head of state ordered a restoration of the holy Hindu site.
After inspecting the damage, President Yudhoyono promised village head Made Mawi Arnata that the buildings would be repaired, as the tree that destroyed the buildings was on land belonging to the state-owned Tampaksiring Place next to the temple.
Arnata said the ruined buildings were important for government officials visiting the palace as well as locals, because security often used them as posts to watch the presidential palace from.
Yudhoyono also said the palace and Tirta Empul temple were historically linked, and it was therefore important for the government to take care of not just palace but the temple as well.
Officials, including Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika, agreed the project should be finished before August this year.
“The governor, regent of Gianyar and other officials will be checking the project and reporting back to the central government in Jakarta,” the president said.
The director general of Cipta Karya, a government works department contractor, Budi Yuwono, said the project would be started in February.
He said the new buildings would be expanded from 120 square meters to 220 square meters, and would cost Rp450 million (US$40,600).Filed under: The Island