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Ngurah Rai Airport, Benoa Toll Road To Open

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to officiate the opening of the newly renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban and a toll road connecting Benoa–Nusa Dua and Kuta on Sept.12.

PT Angkasa Pura president director Tommy Soetomo told journalists during a media gathering here in Kuta on Friday that Ngurah Rai airport would be partly operated, as some of its buildings and facilities were still under construction.

The company expected the airport renovation project, which started in May 2011, to be completed by the end of 2014.

The Rp 2.8 trillion airport renovation project involving 4,000 workers comprised the construction of new international and domestic terminals, five-story parking lot, hotel, shopping arcade and other supporting facilities.

Built on a 285-hectare plot of land, the airport is projected to accommodate 25 million passengers annually. Currently, Ngurah Rai airport welcomes 15 million passengers annually, which is over its only 7 million capacity.

Since the year 2010, the airport’s passenger growth rate has reached an average of 15.5 percent per year.

The new airport’s buildings were designed using eco-architectural design concepts, perfectly blending traditional Balinese architecture and Western design.

“This will be the first eco-airport in Indonesia,” Soetomo said. The roofs of the airport were designed to capture Bali’s ocean waves, while the parking lot was designed to portray Balinese’s multi-layer rice fields.

Dharmawan, a member of the architect team, explained that all materials used for building’s interior and exterior were eco-friendly.

“The design of the building will maximize natural lighting and ventilation to allow fresh air to flow into the building,” the architect said.

The operational system of the airport, Soetomo added, would apply the most advanced air and ground handling system, such as the application of Hold Baggage Screening technology.

Soetomo further said that the airport would be ready to welcome delegates of the APEC Summit, set to be held in early October.

“We ensure that the airport’s international terminal will be in full operation by the end of this month,” the president director explained.

Dharmawan added that major construction had actually been completed. “The team of architects, designers and contractors are now conducting finishing touches on the interiors and detail elements of the building,” he said.

In addition to the opening of the airport, the President is also slated to inaugurate the operation of the toll road connecting Benoa-Nusa Dua and Kuta. Built above seawater, the 12.7 kilometer-long toll road was expected to ease  lingering traffic congestion in the three crowded areas, Bali’s main tourist destinations.

The toll road was built using 33,835 concrete columns above mangrove conservation sites.

The two infrastructure projects cost around Rp 5 trillion to finish.

Source : Bali Daily

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