Sukawati Market: Long Overdue for Rebuilding
Sukawati Art Market in Gianyar, Bali Temporarily Closed and Moved During Market Renovation
All the traders working from the popular arts and handicraft market at Sukawati have been temporarily relocated to the Sutasoma Sport Field as the government prepares to tear down the old market.
Balipost.com reports that the bid phase for the demolition of the old Pasar Seni Sukawati has been completed. The Gianyar Chief from the regency planning board and the individual in charge of research and development, I Gede Widarma Suharta, said: “There is a winner (of the bidding) for the demolition (of the old market) and sale of remaining assets. The demolition will start at the latest in mid-May with the site leveled before the end of May.”
With demolition of the old market completed, the formal instruction to begin work on the new market (SPMK) located on the west side of Jalan Raya Sukawati will be issued in June with work commencing immediately thereafter.
Finishing details for the new market are being finalized and the temporary market at Sutasoma Field being prepared for parking and bus access issues. Present plans are for bus passengers to disembark their transportation at the front of the temporary market and walk into the makeshift market area. Parking for the tourist buses is provided at Jaba Pura Desa Sukawati or Jaba Pura Dalem Puri Batuan.
Final touches to plans to operate a temporary art market were finalized at a meeting of community leaders in the villages of Batuan and Sukawati on Monday, April 8, 2019. Temporary bus halts are being prepared with local members of the community (pacalang) assigned to facilitate traffic flow and parking.
At the request of the Regent of Gianyar, I Made Mahayastra, traffic police will be assigned during the construction of the new Sukawati Art Market to keep traffic moving.