KUTA ~ The Bali government announced this week that it had secured Rp360 billion (US$39 million) to carry out a restoration project of famed Kuta Beach, which has been badly damaged by abrasion this year.
The funds had been obtained from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the state-run Antara news agency reported, without specifying whether the money was in the form of a grant or loan.
â€œThe local administration has been making pathways that can be used to transport heavy-duty equipment and building materials for the reconditioning of the beach,â€ Bali Public Works Office spokesman I Nyoman Ray Yusha was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
Work would get underway later this year or early in 2007, he said.
The government would contribute Rp15 million to the project, added Yusha.
Vast tracts of beaches around Bali have been badly eroded by strong waves this year. According to official data, the island has some 430 kilometers of beaches, around 138 kilometers of which have been damaged.
To date, 41.28 kilometers of beach area had been restored, said Yusha.
Governor Dewa Beratha, meanwhile, said he was looking at the best ways of preventing further abrasion of Baliâ€™s beaches.