The Path Less Taken

Denpasar Lawmaker Calls for Repair and Upgrade of Sanur Village Community Sidewalks
A member of the Denpasar House of Representatives (DPRD-Denpasar) from the seaside village of Sanur is complaining that the neglect of sidewalks in his constituency threatens the community’s reputation as a world-class tourism destination. As reported by the Bali Post, A.A. Gede Putra Ariewangsa revealed that in his role as a legislator he often receives complaints from both local residents and tourists regarding the uneven condition of sidewalks and hazardous holes that pose a safety threat to pedestrians.

Putra worries that if this problem is left unaddressed tourists will abandon Sanur as a tourist destination. Moreover, said that over the past 5 years he has noticed that Sanur is increasingly only a transit point for tourist visitors who once made the beachside village their headquarters for a Bali holiday.

Also reducing the attractiveness of Sanur, he contends, is the failure of local and the municipal officials to tackle unregulated use of areas reserved for sidewalks along Jalan Danau Toba – Semawang and Jalan Hang Tuah – Grand Bali Beach by businesses that allow their employees to park and block the pedestrian walkways.

The Denpasar lawmaker has called on the municipal government of Denpasar to allocate funds in 2015 for the upgrading of sidewalks in Sanur and other areas of Sanur popular with pedestrians. Putra said that the many social and cultural attractions of the Sanur area can’t be promoted and packaged to tourist visitors in the absence of an adequate infrastructure.

In response, the head of Public Works for Denpasar, Ir. Ketut Winarta, confirmed the need for sidewalk improvements, saying his office was coordinating the matter with the National Highways Department for needed repairs.

source : bali discovery tours

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