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Faulty Towers?

Java Residents Claim Power Lines to Bali Illegally Cross Their Land.

(6/17/2002) The residents of Java's Sumedang regency have filed formal complaints alleging that the towers supporting 500 KVA power lines from Java to Bali were illegally built on their lands.

Claiming that the location of the high power towers is at a 300-500 meters variance with the permits issued by the Government for their construction in 1995.

A long-standing demand for compensation from the affected land owners and local villagers has reportedly remained unanswered, with local Nation Power Company (PLN) officials in Sumedang claiming the construction was done by a project office located in Semarang. Angered at the lack of progress in their demands, local residents are threatening to topple the tower if their compensation claims are not soon met.

Local sabotage of the power line would result in severe power shortages for Bali. Accordingly, local members of parliament in Java have called for the people to remain calm while insisting that PLN's President intervene directly in settling the claims.