Make Badung River into a River Walk

Make Badung River into a River Walk

The arrangement of Kumbasari Park and Badung Market has been completed. The inaugural ceremony coincided with full moon of the eight month in Balinese calendar falling on Wednesday (Jan. 31). Mayor of Denpasar, I.B. Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra, inaugurated the Kumbasari Park marked by signing of inscription and putting animal sacrifice into the flow of Badung

The arrangement of Kumbasari Park and Badung Market has been completed. The inaugural ceremony coincided with full moon of the eight month in Balinese calendar falling on Wednesday (Jan. 31). Mayor of Denpasar, I.B. Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra, inaugurated the Kumbasari Park marked by signing of inscription and putting animal sacrifice into the flow of Badung River. Today, the area becomes a new tourist attraction for the local community and tourists.

Mayor Rai Mantra accompanied by the Chairman of the Commission III of the Denpasar House of Representatives, Eko Supriadi, also spread 10,000 tilapia fingerlings in the flow of Badung River along with relevant agency heads in the city government of Denpasar. This is to preserve the ecosystem of Badung River. Rai Mantra also provided groceries to 140 officers of clean river program (Prokasih), 105 flushing officers and 40 gatekeepers symbolically.

He said the arrangement is meant to make the river clean and transform it into a River Walk concept (a place to walk on the river bank). “Badung River can now be used as a recreation place and have economic impact and educate the public about cleanliness of the future with the increase of self-awareness. So, the river will not be made into a place to dispose of garbage,” he said

Arrangement of the Badung River, explained Rai Mantra, is meant to encourage people to keep the river clean and not to litter. This does not only transform them to look beautiful, but also makes something that has the potential, as in Bindu River and Tukad River. Now, they become a new potential and special attraction.

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Onwards, the river arrangement will continuously be done by paying attention to the entire river flow that allows to be reorganized. If possible, they will be made river transportation such as small boats to further facilitate the transportation of river recreation. Besides, it will facilitate the community to traditional markets connected to the river. “So, this River Walk can be used as a potential of water in all aspects, whether the economic, education, transportation and health aspect. It makes something useless into something valuable,” said Rai Mantra.

Acting Head of the Denpasar Public Works and Spatial Agency, Nyoman Ngurah Jimmy Sidarta, revealed the arrangement of river banks in essence can change the behavior of people who consider the river as a garbage dump. “With this arrangement, people are expected to no longer throw garbage into the river. Additionally, they can take advantage of the river banks for positive activities,” he explained. (BTN/015)



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