(Balitrips.net) / 08 Dec 2012
The plan to develop a railway track for a tourist train in Bali will soon fold and be filed away due to a study conducted by the state-owned railway company, PT KAI, revealing it to be impossible due to the cost and technical issues.“The study demonstrates that it is not feasible to build a railway system in Bali. The construction costs would be very high. For the time being, the plan, unveiled in 2009, must be postponed,” explained Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika during a monthly meeting in Bedha village in Tabanan on Saturday.
The governor admitted that he had not received the written results of PT KAI’s feasibility study, but he acknowledged that the plan would be too difficult to realize.
The idea to construct a railway system in Bali first emerged in 2009 based on the premise that Bali had no integrated public transportation system to enable tourists to reach any corner of Bali, including its faraway villages, outside Kuta, Sanur and the southern parts of Bali.
Despite the study’s result, the provincial administration is still interested in continuing with the plan through private investment.“We are hoping to establish a public-private partnership to develop the necessary infrastructure to realize the plan. Some potential investors from China showed their interest in the project,” Pastika said.