The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (KemenPUPR) will plan renovations to the sacred area surrounding Pura Besakih (Besakih Temple) in Bali. The Ministry estimates that the work requires a budget of up to IDR 1 trillion.
Pura Besakih is a Cultural Heritage Area in the Karangasem Regency of Bali. The Minister of Public Works and Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono, said that the renovation of the temple complex area located in Besakih Village is a follow-up to the proposal from the Bali Regional Government (Pemda) that was submitted to President Joko Widodo.
“The renovation of the Besakih Temple area has been planned for two years by the local government of Bali and then presented to the President. God willing, we can start working on it for one year” Basuki said in an official statement on (7/8).
Basuki explained that this work is a collaboration between the Bali Provincial Government and the Central Government, as the temple is a national asset that must be cared for.
Basuki explained that based on the plan there would be nine work packages for the work on the Besakih Temple area, with a total estimated cost of around Rp.1 trillion.
“We, the central government, will build a parking area in the Manic Mas covering an area of 52,000 m², then upgrade the Becringe (12,287 m²) and Manic Mas areas. The total (cost) will be around Rp 500 billion” he said.
Basuki said that a feasibility study is complete and a design method to accelerate implementation would be carried out.
“Because the area is more than 10,000 m² and as it is a tourist destination as well as cultural heritage, an Environmental Impact Analysis (AMDAL) will also be carried out” he said.
As a cultural heritage area, Basuki confirmed that the renovations to the Besakih Temple area would pay attention to the customs and local wisdom of Balinese culture.
“The parking lot will not be built will not be upwards, but down 4 levels (basement), as one of the customs in Bali that must be upheld” he said.
Minister Basuki added that renovations of the area would not be performed on the main structure of Pura Besakih which is used as a place of worship.
“The most important thing about the renovations of this area is to increase the comfort of visitors who worship and travel here. According to feedback, when there is a big ceremony the conditions are very crowded. For this reason, different entry and exit routes will be created so that there is no congestion and a smooth traffic flow will be arranged” he said.
Bali Governor I Wayan Koster hopes that the arrangement of the Besakih Temple area can be completed before 2022, considering that there will be a large Marilu Bhumi ceremony that year.
“The main objective of the Besakih sacred area renovations are to accommodate Hindus in Bali and Indonesia who attend religious ceremonies, so that people can pray comfortably. For this, the Balinese people should thank the Ministry of Public Works and Housing for helping to renovate this area” he said.