Indonesia’s Interior Minister, Gamawan Fauzi presented a very grim outlook on the future of traffic congestion in Bali.
Quoted by VIVAnews, Gamawan said: “I predict that by 2015 Bali will encounter total gridlock. This has to be quickly resolved. And, the provincial government of Bali has already undertaken coordination with the Central Government to discuss this problem.”
The Minister’s comments were made at the office of Bali’s governor on Monday, July 2, 2012.
Gamawan mentioned a number of specific traffic junctions in Bali of particular concern, including the roads surrounding Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. “The journey from the Ngurah Rai Airport to Denpasar which usually takes only 30 minutes, can now take 1.5 hours when the roads are congested,” he complained.
He also specifically cited a point of congestion in front of a well-known t-shirt store in Kuta where the large number of tourist buses, sometimes numbering as many as 80, are parked along the roadside, often bringing traffic to a standstill.
Gamawan said that infrastructure problems in Bali have become a matter of national importance, requiring cooperation between the province and the national government in order to resolve. He explained that Bali’s governor has been invited to participate in several limited meetings of the National Cabinet in order to provide insights and explanations on Bali’s traffic problems.
The Minister said that Bali’s traffic problems are receiving serious attention from the Central Government with steps underway or in planning to ease traffic flows.
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