The Regent of the Bangli Regency, I Nengah Arnawa, has again raised the warning that uncontrolled commercial development in Kintamani is destroying the one-of-a-kind natural beauty of the location and threatening the area's future viability as a tourist destination.
The community of Kintamani sits on the caldera of an ancient volcano offering vistas of lake Batur and another, still-active, Batur volcano at the edge of the lake. A lack of building controls has resulted in uncontrolled development of restaurants on the eastern side of the roadway, with large buildings hanging precariously over the old volcano's edge and preventing an uninterrupted view of the majestic volcano and lake below.
The Regent has called for a detailed survey of all existing buildings erected along the eastern side of the road in Kintamani with his eventual goal of outlawing any new developments on the eastern side of the roadway and, over time, causing those building blocking the awe-inspiring view to be relocated to the west side of the road.
Admitting that he has a long battle ahead of him, Regent Arnawa insists steps must be taken now to protect the attractiveness of Kintamani as a tourism destination within Bali.
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