New Warnings Sounded Over Too-Crowded Bali

SANUR Further warnings have been sounded over the pace of tourism development in Bali, with Dutch professor of service management Jan Hendrik Peters telling an international seminar on green tourism that the island’s social and physical infrastructure is strained beyond its limits. “Bali is under threat of becoming the victim of its own tourism success […]

Elevated Highway Plan Gets a Big Lift

DENPASAR The so-called “third option” to solve chronic traffic congestion in the Kuta-airport-Jimbaran area — an elevated highway to run over mangroves and coastal wetlands next to the Ngurah Rai Bypass between Kuta and Nusa Dua — now looks set to be the final solution frustrated drivers and delayed airport travellers have been waiting for. […]

Traders Face Push-Off Order at Nusa Dua Beach

NUSA DUA More than 150 traders, mostly Balinese, who operate at one on Nusa Dua’s last remaining “public beaches” fear that a Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) development deal will deny them access to their business location and put an end to their livelihoods. The traders, who set up daily on a limited stretch of […]

Half-Scale Cruise Wharf Costs 200 Ship Visits

AMLAPURA Tanah Ampo cruise wharf near Pandang Bai in Karangasem — built only half the length required in a much delayed project organised by the regency government — has forfeited 200 port calls by large cruise ships in 2010 as a result. The head of Bali’s transportation department, I Made Santha, said: “Sadly the cruise […]

Hotels Nearly Lose ‘Village Views’ in Funding Row

DALUNG Residents of the Badung village of Bongkasa on the Ayung River were stopped at the last minute last weekend from building a fence to block the “ricefield and village views” that hotels on the other bank, in Gianyar, promote to their guests. Saying they felt “underappreciated” by the hotels, they had bought and were […]

Dewa Ruci II: Underpass Back on the Agenda

DENPASAR The saga of the Simpang Siur flyover — part of Governor I Made Mangku Pastika’s plan to ease traffic congestion ahead of the 2013 ASEAN summit meeting in Bali — has taken a new turn. The national planning board (BAPPENAS) has agreed to partly fund an underpass instead. The flyover would involve moving the […]

Problem Port May Benefit from Compulsory Purchase Law

LEGIAN East Bali’s problem port development, Tanah Ampo in Karangasem, would be one of the potential infrastructure developments to benefit from moves in the national legislature to introduce compulsory land acquisition. A law being drafted would introduce “eminent domain,” under which the national government would have power to acquire private land and compensate the owner […]

Bali Railway Idea Sparks Planning Debate

DENPASAR Governor I Made Mangku Pastika’s proposal for a railway to service some of Bali’s public transport needs has merit but would require very careful preparation to avoid conflict with environmental rules and the road network, according to planner Putu Rumawan Salain, an engineer.     Salain said Bali’s record of planning and building transport infrastructure […]