The Indonesian government will be approaching several Chinese investors to take part in building railroad infrastructure in Bali. “There are several projects that we are offering, and one of them is the railroads in Bali,” Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, told reporters yesterday.
According to Tempo, the railroads will connect several tourist destinations on the island with the first phase connecting Denpasar to Ubud (Gianyar District), and in Singaraja (Buleleng District). Luhut remarked that the development of railroads in Bali will evenly spread out the tourist hot spots in Bali. “All this time the tourist destinations are only concentrated in Nusa Dua or around Denpasar,” he added. “[The railroads] will spread them out to the north of Bali.”
There is as yet no confirmed starting date for the project, “but we’re hoping that next year we can start building them because the World Bank and Udayana University has already done the feasibility study,” Luhut commented.
Luhut is currently in Beijing from June 15 – 17 to follow up the bilateral meeting between President Joko Widodo and President Xi Jingping that took place last May.