The member of DPR I Gede Sumarjaya Linggih stated a discourse of moving capital of Bali Province from Denpasar to Kubu, Karangasem Regency, to accelerate equality of development in Bali.
“So far development in Bali centered in South. Equality of development is needed and one way to achieve it is by moving capital of Bali Province from Denpasar to Kubu,” said politician of Golkar party who is familiarly called Damer in Amlapura.
He saw that in East and North Bali there are a lot of poor people as employment opportunity is still centered in South Bali.
“It’s a form of injustice. It will be wrong if the leader can’t give justice and equality in development,” he said on the sidelines of celebrating victory of the elected Governor and Vice Governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika-Ketut Sudikerta.
Therefore he also supported the policy of Bali provincial government issuing moratorium of hotel construction in the Southern area including Badung and Denpasar.
“If the hotel construction is not stopped, investor will build more hotels on the locations,” said the politician from Buleleng.
Damer also highlighted medical facilities and services that is still minimal in the East and South Region.
“It should be arranged again. Medical facility in Badung Regency and Denpasar should be developed by private, whereas government should only focus on the East and North Region,” he said.
In terms of moving the capital city of Bali Province, he proposed to involve investor do that government don’t have to spend a lot of money.
“The land in Kubu could be put into blocks. Some of them could be sold to the developers,” he said.
For unused governmental building in Denpasar he proposed to sell it.
Moving the capital city of Bali Province, he further said that it could reduce traffic congestion in the Southern area.
“All people know that traffic jam cause many economic deficit,” said Damer.
To make it true he asked the government starting from now to build infrastructure in the East and North region.
Damer’s proposal got positive response from the Vice. Regent of Karangasem I Made Sukarena.
“In fact, in Kubu there are a lot of empty land,” he said.
According to him, the most urgent thing to be done is twin road construction from Padangbai harbour toward Kubu and Singaraja.