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A Hotel Project Stuck in the Gutter

Hotel Sudamala Project in Sanur Bali Cited for Lack of Licenses and Permits and Damaging Bali's New Sewerage System.

(1/24/2011) Complaints have been filed by the developer of the Denpasar Sewerage Project (DSDP) with the Denpasar House of Representatives (DPRD-Denpasar) against the company building a hotel in Sanur.

According to the DSDP, the hotel project has been dumping excavation water into manholes installed over the new sewerage system, effectively clogging drainage pipes and playing havoc with pumping stations.

Responding to the complaints, a team of city legislators visited the hotel project site to discover the hotel lacked any of the required permits and licenses needed to build a hotel project. When confronted by the lawmakers, the hotel project team was unable to present a local community agreements (HO), a building permit (IMB) or a local operating license (SITU).

During the inspection visit the errant project had apparently ceased s pouring excavation water into the sewerage manhole, an act specifically forbidden under regulations.

According to the Bali Post, the legislators were concerned that the hotel project on Jalan Cemara in Sanur being built by PT Tatamulia Nusantara Indah Balilacked any of the necessary permits and licenses. When the developer and two owner's representatives were quizzed by the inspection team, they claimed the permits were "still being processed." Kadek Marhenu and Wayan Subiantara representing the owners and Dian Damayanti who is the site manager told legislators they hoped the permits would soon be issued.

When quizzed further regarding the projects illegal pumping of excavated water into the new sewerage system, Damayanti excused the act, claiming it took place only during the construction of the basement for the hotel and that the project workers had now stopped using this system.

Wayan Mariyana Wandhira who represents the Golkar faction in the DPRD-Denpasar said the Hotel Sudamala project should not be under construction before an IMB has been issued. "Not only that," added Wandhira, "but directly discharging water into the sewerage manhole is forbidden. We are very disappointed that this project is throwing their excavation water into the system."

The DSDP project team claim the illegal discharge by the unauthorized hotel project has clogged the system and caused damage to pumping stations.