The Reason Behind the Development of Bali’s LRT Finally Revealed by Luhut

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

The recent triumph of the Jabodebek LRT launch has not only been a milestone for Indonesia’s transportation infrastructure but has also piqued the public’s interest in a similar endeavor planned for the picturesque island of Bali. Revealing this ambitious vision is Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who sheds light on the government’s grand plan to construct an underground Light Rail Transit (LRT) system on the Island of the Gods.

The proposed LRT project in Bali is envisioned to span from the bustling Ngurah Rai Bali Airport, meandering its way to the serene Cemagi area while making a pivotal stop at the beloved Seminyak tourist destination. This underground marvel is set to redefine Bali’s transportation landscape and cater to both locals and visitors.

In a recent address at the Hub Space 2023 event, held at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) on September 29, 2023, Luhut passionately articulated the motivations behind this visionary infrastructure initiative. One of the primary objectives is to address the burgeoning tourist population in Bali, thus mitigating the impending challenges related to traffic congestion.

Projections suggest that by 2025, the number of air travelers arriving in Bali will surge to a staggering 24 million individuals. Without the implementation of a modern, efficient mass transit system, the island’s mobility would undoubtedly be paralyzed by the gridlock of traffic jams.

Luhut emphasized the critical importance of moving swiftly to realize the Bali LRT project. He aptly noted, “By 2025, we anticipate 24 million air passengers making their way to Bali, and without the necessary infrastructure in place, we are looking at a potential three-hour delay for travelers. That’s a scenario we’re determined to avoid.”

To secure the funding required for this monumental undertaking, the government has devised a strategic plan. One aspect of this plan involves offering LRT tickets at a modest price of just US$3, which is equivalent to approximately IDR 46,200 at the current exchange rate. This approach aims to make the system accessible to a broad spectrum of passengers while contributing to the overall financial viability of the project.

Furthermore, a substantial portion of the funding is expected to be sourced from foreign investments, ensuring that the financial stability of the Bali LRT remains unshaken.

Luhut expressed his confidence in the funding strategy, stating, “I believe the Minister of Transportation has come up with a brilliant funding initiative. The plan to provide tickets at $3, coupled with foreign investments, ensures that financial constraints will not hinder the project’s progress.”

In a forward-looking approach, Indonesia plans to extend investment opportunities to various countries, fostering international collaboration and the exchange of cutting-edge technology. This initiative encompasses a technology transfer component, where knowledge and expertise will be shared to bolster the project’s success and stimulate broader cooperation among nations.

In summary, the proposed underground LRT project in Bali, spearheaded by Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, represents a transformative step towards enhancing transportation infrastructure on this iconic island.

As Bali continues to captivate the hearts of travelers worldwide, the Bali LRT project aims to uphold and elevate the island’s appeal while ensuring seamless mobility for all. With meticulous planning, strategic funding, and a commitment to international collaboration, this visionary undertaking holds the promise of a brighter, more accessible future for Bali and its visitors.