Governor Closes the Reclamation Chaos

DENPASAR ~

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika finally officially confirmed the issue of reclamation is closed. He has received reclamation plan study results in Benoa Bay, District of South Kuta, Badung, from Udayana University. Based on the study, the reclamation is declared unfit.

The statement of ‘closed book’ on reclamation is delivered by Governor Pastika in the presence of Commission X group (which is in charge of culture, education, tourism) while hearing at the Wiswa Sabha Madya Building of Governor’s office, Niti Mandala Denpasar on Tuesday.

Commission X of parliament specifically came to Bali in order to absorb aspiration. It is because House of Representatives Commission X heard some pros and cons about Benoa Bay reclamation plan and matters of enactment of National Tourism Strategic Area (KSPN) Besakih – Mount Agung and surrounding areas.

Governor Pastika asserted that the issue of reclamation is closed tightly. Juridically, said Pastika, Benoa Bay reclamation is not allowed. In fact, Benoa Bay is a conservation area. However, geographically, in Benoa Bay region there has been silting and was seen when the water receded. Besides muddy, according to Pastika , Benoa Bay area also prone to tsunami, so there are plans to do security by building small islands that is called reclamation, so as to protect the area in case of tsunami.

Pastika explicitly expressed that there is shrink of agricultural land area of 600 to 1,000 hectares every year. The rice fields in the Regencies/ City were exhausted due to investment, so there is a desire to add new land through reclamation.

“I ‘ve received the results of the study from Udayana University. Feasibility study mentioned that it is not worth doing. Rather than continuing polemics, there should be no reclamation,” said Pastika. “I revoke the permit already, there can’t be reclamation,” continued the former police chief of Bali.

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