Bali Light Rail Transit Project Set to Begin Groundbreaking in September 2024

Bali's Ambitious Plan to Construct Light Rail Transit System with Help from Korea and UK (photo: fadhila nurhakim - unsplash)

The Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) has announced that the construction of the Bali Light Rail Transit (LRT) project is slated to kick off in September 2024. This ambitious project aims to enhance transportation infrastructure in Bali, catering to the growing needs of locals and tourists alike.

With a targeted groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for September this year, the commencement of physical construction for the Bali LRT system is eagerly anticipated.

According to Adita Irawati, spokesperson for Kemenhub, the initial phase of the LRT project will span from the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport to the bustling Central Park area. This strategic route alignment aims to provide convenient connectivity between key transportation hubs and popular destinations within Bali.

While the feasibility study for the Bali LRT is currently underway, conducted by a consortium hailing from South Korea, plans are already in motion to secure contractors for the physical construction phase. Adita emphasized that the consortium conducting the feasibility study may not necessarily be tasked with executing the construction, as the Ministry plans to hold a competitive tender process to select the project’s contractor.

The feasibility study of Bali light rail transit itself, initiated in January 2023, involves rigorous assessments and analyses to ensure the viability and effectiveness of the proposed LRT system. This comprehensive evaluation, spearheaded by Korea National Railways with grant funding from Korea Exim Bank, is expected to conclude by April 2024.

Previously, on October 24, 2023, a consortium comprising Korea National Railways (KNR), Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail), and several other entities conducted the feasibility study for the