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Bali Legislature Summon PT Pelindo III to Answer Accusations of Sub-Rosa Reclamation

Commission I of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) plans to summon PT Pelindo III – the managers of the Port of Benoa on Monday, September 10, 2018, to seek explanations in connection with the dredging of the Island’s southernmost port.

Lawmakers are reportedly concerned about the lack of consultation and communication between Pelindo III and the local community in Bali. Of particular concern is that the sand dredged while enlarging the port and creating ships’ channels has been deposited on the shore and not been hauled away by Pelindo. The net result of these actions is that large areas of the environmentally and politically sensitive Benoa Port have been reclaimed.

As reported by Balipost.com, I Ketut Tama Tenaya, the chairman of Commission I of the DPRD-Bali, plans also to invite UPT Tahura – the agency charge with preserving and protecting the Mangrove Conservation Area in Benoa Bay, and the Coordinating Agency for Investment and Licensing to inquire about permits and environmental impact studies.

Tama says that Commission I will spotlight problems surrounding the permits held by PT Pelindo III in connection with the development of the Port of Benoa. Tama claims Pelindo has yet to share with the public the mandatory environmental impact study and, should such a study exist, it is not clear if it was issued by Jakarta or Bali. Tama said that given the sensitivities surrounding development activities in Benoa Bay, any environmental impact study should be a local product.

Another legislator, A.A. Ngurah Adhi Ardhana, voice his support for developing Benoa into a modern cruise port, but rejected suggestions that Pelindo III will be allowed develop hotel accommodation or conference facilities in the port.

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