Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Road Less Traveled

Trial Operations of Bali Toll Way to Go Ahead, But Presidential Inauguration on August 14th May be Postponed

The inauguration of Bali’s news over-water toll way connecting Benoa and Nusa Dua originally planned for August 14, 2013, may be delayed because of conflicts with the official schedule of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

NusaBali quotes Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika who announced that despite the fact that August 14, 2013, was chosen as a propitious date on the Balinese calendar and is a date that also coincides with founding of the Province of Bali, it may nonetheless be necessary to delay the inauguration due to a full program of other commitments in Jakarta for the Indonesian president.

Any postponement in the official inauguration should not necessarily, however, delay a full month of trial operation planned for the roadway. The exact date when the toll way will be opened for trial traffic operations remains unclear.

Demonstrations Planned to Disrupt Toll Inauguration?
It is unclear what, if any, connection the delayed inaugurationby the President has with rumored threats of demonstrations by environmental groups aiming to disrupt the President’s appearance for the highway's opening.

Separately, NusaBali had earlier reported that rumors were afoot that those opposed to reclamation plans for Benoa Bay would use the President’s appearance to increase pressure for a cancellation of a decree issued by the Governor on favoring the reclamation project’s developers.

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