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Cleared for Landing at Kubutambahan

Governor Selects Kubutambahan for Baliís Second Airport of the North

(5/23/2014) Kompas.com reports that Governor Made Mangku Pastika has finally decided the location for the long-debated North Bali Airport.

Pastika has decided on the “eastern option” of a 600-hectare site at Kubutambahan in Bulelelng.

The governor was under pressure to come to his decision in order that the tender process for the airport project could commence.

The provincial government is now entertaining concept proposals from a variety of potential investors, including one from Singapore.

Estimates put the cost of the second air gateway at Rp. 3 trillion (US$261 million).

Pastika is pledging not to unduly displace or disturb religious temples or the local populace in the course of the airport project. “What’s clear, the development (of the airport) must be seriously and carefully undertaken. This includes thinking later about the surrounding infrastructure. We will strive to use provisional lands in a way that will not disturb the people,” the Governor explained.

The government plans for the new airport to be start construction in 2018.

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