"Pulau Dewata," also known as Bali, will soon have its first railway network. The construction of the Bali Light Rail Transit (LRT) will commence in January 2024. As quoted from Bisnis.com, this was conveyed by Badung Regent I Nyoman Giri Prasta.
Nyoman stated that the groundbreaking ceremony will take place in January. He mentioned that this project, valued at Rp25 trillion, will be executed by several investors. However, he did not specify the countries from which these investors originate.
Previously, the Ministry of Transportation's spokesperson, Adita Irawati, mentioned that a feasibility study for the Bali LRT project would be carried out by a consortium of companies from South Korea, composed of the Korean National Railway, Korail, Saman Co. Ltd., and Dongmyeong Co. Ltd. However, Adita couldn't confirm if this consortium would be the one executing the project.
Regarding project financing, the Head of Bappenas, Suharso Monoarfa, stated that the financing scheme for the Bali LRT is divided into two parts: domestic loans and fund collection through the Bali Kerthi Development Fund (BDF).
The Bali LRT line is planned to connect Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport with Mengwi. The project will be divided into three phases: Phase 1 from the airport to Seminyak via Central Parking, Phase 2 from Seminyak to Canggu, and Phase 3 from Canggu to Mengwi.
Unlike the Palembang LRT, Jakarta LRT, or Jabodebek LRT, which are built on elevated tracks, the Bali LRT is planned to be constructed underground. According to CNBC Indonesia, this is due to customary law restrictions that do not permit structures taller than temples (pura).
Nyoman hopes that the introduction of the Bali LRT will reduce congestion at Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport and tourist areas like Kuta and Canggu by up to 75 percent. Nevertheless, Nyoman ensures that the Bali LRT's presence will not eliminate existing tourism transportation businesses that have been established for a longer period.