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Despite Opposition in Some Quarters, Investors in 'Sky Lift' Project Vow to Push Ahead.


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(11/26/2001)

Although opposed by Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism as being inconsistent with Bali's environment and culture, investors in the proposed "Sky Lift" project in north Bali are continuing the planning activities surrounding the project.

P.T. Perkasa Group, President Director, Mr. Jhon Hamenda, and the company's Commissioner, Mr. Anton Reynaldi, announced in Bali on Friday, 16 November, that they were confident that Bali's public would eventually embrace the project once it understood the execution and benefits of the entire project. The developers claimed that the project, planned to be the longest Sky Lift project in the world covering a distance of 10 kilometers, will contribute a guaranteed US$ 2 million a year in local tax revenues.

In response to criticism that the project will destroy the island's environment and culture, the investors have replied that the route of the ride will not infringe on sacred areas such temples or Lakes Buyan and Tamblingan. In order to minimize the impact during the construction period, the investors plan to use helicopters to airlift materials needed for tower construction thereby avoiding the need to construct access roads through jungle nature areas.

The project which will pass through the Buleleng area would carry passengers to the scenic hill site area of Munduk and utilize some 200 sky lift cars.

The company has recently brought a team of Australian experts to Bali to undertake a physical survey of the proposed project, vowing they will respect the final decision of the people of Bali once they are permitted the opportunity to make a complete exposition of the project and hold a dialogue with all elements of the community. (Bali Post)



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