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Chinese to Keep Bali on Track?

Chinese Railway Officials Exploring Possible investment in Comprehensive Rail System for Bali

(3/24/2013) The Jakarta Post reports that the China Railway Corporation, who operate the national railway system for Mainland China, has expressed an interest in investing in a monorail system that would connect all nine regencies of Bali.

Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika related: “China Railway came to me several months ago, requesting information related to the plan to build a monorail.”

The governor warned that the study by the Chinese is still in the pre-feasibility phase to determine if the proposed rail system would be economically viable.

The governor said he hoped the Chinese would decide to invest in a Bali monorail system as a means to connect all corners of the island and more evenly distribute the benefits of tourism to all regions of the island.

As earlier study conducted by the State Railway Company of Indonesia (PT KAI) concluded technically and financially too challenging due to high land acquisition costs.

The idea of a Bali rail system enjoys widespread support in many quarters as an environmentally positive approach to solving Bali’s growing problem of traffic congestion.