Bali has commenced construction of the Sampalan Port on Nusa Penida Island and the Bius Munjul Port on Nusa Ceningan Island, Klungkung Regency, Bali.
The construction was marked by the laying of the first stone by the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, together with the Governor of the Province of Bali I Wayan Koster on Monday morning (8/3).
Minister of Transportation Budi Karya said the construction of the two ports is an effort to support tourism in Bali.
Both new ports are considered part of the Golden Triangle of ports (Sanur, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan/ Lembongan) – all connected to Sanur Harbor, in Denpasar.
“(Hopefully) these two ports can be completed within nine months or mid-2021″ said Budi Karya, in a written statement on Monday.
Budi Karya said he was committed to supporting the return of tourism in Bali after experiencing a downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while staying disciplined in implementing health protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
In addition, an intensive meeting with the Bali Provincial Government was held to discuss transportation support for tourism in Bali.
Transportation support refers to a concept of a tourism and maritime “super-hub” and includes research on land access plans to North Bali.
“President Joko Widodo said that Bali will become a super hub for tourism not only in Indonesia but also in Southeast Asia and even Australia” he said.
Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said that the construction of the two ports will facilitate accessibility to the Golden Triangle area.
It can encourage an increase in the numbers of both local and international tourists.
In addition, the port can also support the religious activities of the Balinese people. “Because there is no port, they struggle to get on the boats because they have to lift their (traditional) cloth while carrying offerings from various regions” said Wayan Koster.
The plan for Sampalan Harbor will be to build two levels with an area of 9,000 square meters and a berthing capacity of 10 speedboats.
The estimate of development costs is Rp 86.7 billion.
The Munjul Bias Port will be built as a dock for speedboats and ferries, with an estimated construction cost of Rp 109.6 billion.
At present, the Port of Sampalan (Nusa Penida) can accommodate a capacity of 1 million passengers per year.
The Golden Triangle Port is expected to increase traffic to the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan/Ceningan and have an impact on the economy for local residents.