Funds Available for New Terminal at Port
The Bali government has set aside Rp15 billion to build a new cargo terminal at the Gilimanuk ferry terminal.
Speaking at the weekend, local Golkar Party legislator Ketut Suania welcomed the news, saying that a new cargo facility was urgently needed at the port, which forms the main gateway for passengers and freight entering Bali from neighbouring Java.
Suania said that the heavy flow of trucks arriving from Java had already damaged the inadequate existing roads and holding areas at Gilimanuk, which is connected to Banyuwangi in East Java across the Bali Strait by a 24-hour ro-ro ferry service.
“The number of trucks and containers is increasing, thus damaging this important distribution route,” he said.
Most staple foods and manufactured goods are imported to Bali from Java by road.
Suania said that a two-hectare plot had been earmarked at Penginuman in Gilimanuk for the new terminal, but that no date for work to begin had been announced.
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