Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, accompanied by Denpasar Mayor, IGN Jaya Negara, together with the Director of Dams and Lakes of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of the RI, Airlangga Mardjono, and Head of the Bali Penida River Region, Eka Nugraha Abdi, inaugurated the Sanur Retention Basin at Sanur Kauh Village, Denpasar, on Sunday (Oct 30). “Sanur Retention Basin was built on an area of two hectares starting with President Jokowi’s visit to Denpasar in 2019,” said the Head of the Bali Penida River Region, Eka Nugraha Abdi.
Construction of the Sanur Basin carried out in two stages costs a total of IDR 64 billion more from the state budget, divided into 2 stages of fiscal year, namely IDR 19 billion for 2021 and IDR 45 billion for 2022. Aside from reducing the impact of floods at Sanur Kauh area, the basin also functions as a water conservation area as well as new tourist attraction in Denpasar City. The volume of water reservoir reaches up to 34,500 cubic meters. Director of Dams and Lakes at the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Airlangga Mardjono, added that the reservoir is used as a flood control, and can become a new tourist destination. It was built with aesthetics and blended with authentic Balinese culture.
Meanwhile, Mayor Jaya Negara stated that previously the Bumi Ayu Sanur area had flooded if it rained for 3 hours. Construction of the retention basin is expected to be a solution for flood prevention. In the Sanur Retention Basin area, a 1.5-kilometer jogging track had also been built, which can be used as a new tourist destination. “As the Government of Denpasar City, we are grateful for the construction of the Sanur Retention Basin having been completed and inaugurated. In the future, we hope that this retention basin can be put to good use and can also become a new tourist attraction in Denpasar City,” he said.
Governor Koster further added that river management and conservation are currently a priority in Bali. This is for water control and water conservation as well as for irrigation. Besides, later on it can be used as a source of clean water for the community. He further stated that currently the Sidan Dam, Tamblang Dam, and Unda River Basin are also being built. “Construction of the Sanur retention basin is expected to minimize flooding in the Sanur Kauh area, as well as being able to function as a tourist attraction so as to increase the economic value of the community. The event was also attended by the Chairman of the Denpasar City House of Representatives, I Gusti Ngurah Gede, Deputy Chairman Wayan Mariana Wandira, chief of customary villages, headmen and other invitees. (BTN/015)