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Zoning Violations Widespread in Denpasar’s Green Zones

Bali News: Bali, Sanur, Green Zone, Zoning Violations, Jalan Hayum Wuruk, Putu Wijaya
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The erection of illegal building in no-build green zones in Bali has become more rampant in its disregard for the law.

As reported by, the general impression is that the government is reluctant or powerless to stop the building of illegal structures that are now infringing on areas surrounding main protocol roads in Denpasar. Certain areas of Bali are declared "green zones" and banned from the erection of any permanent structures.

A.A. Putu Wijaya, a resident in the Sanur area of Bali and a former legislator, expressed his dismay at the lack of any enforcement action against illegal buildings standing in green zones. He complained that the government is choosing to close its eyes to these flagrant zoning violations.

Wijaya pointed to long-standing building zone violations on Jalan Hang Tuah in Sanur. Permanent buildings now stand in prohibited Green Zones that if not removed will only encourage similar violations in the future.

Speaking with no small degree of cynicism, Wijaya said: “If we can’t do anything (to stop the violations), then let’s just open all green zones to building anything. It’s a pity that those not brave enough to break the law are missing out.”

Together with other residents of the area, Wijaya is calling for firm enforcement by local enforcement agencies to stop the ongoing violations.

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