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Suffering from Superficial Vision

$US5 Million X-Ray Detector Remains Parked and Unused at Bali Port of Gilimanuk


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(7/13/2014)

A sophisticated x-ray machine that cost the provincial government of Bali Rp. 60 billion (US$5.2 million) and was meant to prevent smuggling and terrorism at the West Bali port of Gilimanuk sits idle covered by a tarpaulin at the port.

Denpost reports on a page-one story that the machine has been unused for many months since its initial delivery two years ago and sits in the parking area of the port.

Why the machine remains unused is not clear. While staff have reportedly been trained in the machine’s use, some sources claim the machine’s high rate of radiation emission and its sensitivity to dust have caused the x-ray to remain unused.

The deputy chief of police for Jembrana, Commissioner Hagnyono said the machine needs a designated area far removed from passing traffic and pedestrians due to the radiation emitted by the equipment.

The machinery was delivered to the port in 2012 by the provincial government of Bali to the Jembrana Police.

As reported by Denpost, the machinery with a cost sufficient to build tens of school buildings has never served its designated purpose with officials still inspecting vehicle manually allowing the opportunity for animals, weapons, narcotics and other contraband to pass through the port.


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