One of Bali's oldest and most famous temples will continue to be surrounded by a massive crane perched atop a temporary dock until 2003 as a multi-million dollar Japanese foreign aide contract works to save the island monument from the encroachments of the Indian Ocean.
When completed, some 6,000 giant cement tetra pods will be positioned around the temple to tame the waves that threaten to complete erode the temple's base. Placed with carefully calculated engineering precision, tetra pods of 6.3 and 16 tons will eventually form a breakwater structure some 185 meters long and 70 meters wide.
The project commenced in July of 2001 with the construction of a temporary pier to support a crane and delivery road for the 6,000 tetra pods now waiting on shore for their eventual deepwater assignment. Experts claim the successful completion of the project will see the tidal energy threatening the 15th century monument by more than 66%.
Once the project is completed, the pier and crane structure now obstructing one of Bali's most memorable panoramas will be removed and the natural beauty of the Pura Tanah Lot both restored and preserved for future generations.
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