Pudut island BaliExistence Pudut Island in the village of Tanjung Benoa, Badung regency, Bali, barely missing as a result of dredging since 1970, and abrasion. Area of ​​the island which was originally 10 acres that now live about one hectare. These conditions threaten turtles thrive on the island.

Besides turtles, disturbing erosion of the mainland island Pudut local communities dependent on marine tourism. The existence of a dish turtle tours offered residents in the village to visitors.

According to the Indigenous Bendesa Wana Nyoman Putra Tanjung Benoa, the marine tourism became the backbone of the citizens, in addition to fishing. "We worry if lost Pudut Island, the turtle does not have a home anymore. There is no longer a tourist attraction, "he said in Tanjung Benoa.

He explained, first Pudut Island is agricultural region, in addition to the turtle habitat. Farming activity gradually declined since no dredging of the island around 1970. Dredging is done traditionally, transported by boats to hoarding in Benoa Harbour, located about two kilometers. Furthermore, abrasion and erode the island's turtle was evicted.

"We ask the attention of the local government to help restore this island," says Wana Putra.

Pudut island in the Gulf Benoa Tanjung Benoa on the east side and is approximately 35 kilometers (km) from Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali, and 5 km from Nusa Dua area. Tanjung Benoa visitors tour boat ride or fishing boat to reach the island.

Wana son claimed to have sent a letter to the Government of Badung regency in 2008 and 2011 to save Pudut Island. However, until now there is no answer.

Therefore, he and residents welcomed the discourse reclamation Pudut Island and surrounding areas by a private company, PT Tirta Bali Travel International (TWBI). Wana son claimed to have contacted PT TWBI and related discourse Bali Provincial Government and agreed.

PT TWBI ask permission Pudut Island reclamation and utilization in 2012. The permit application along with three other companies. However, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika approval by Parliament Bali set and give license to PT TWBI principle in December 2012.

Pros and cons

Until Tuesday, the discourse of Benoa Bay reclamation area is invited pros and cons. Residents of Tanjung Benoa supports reclamation plan, but administrators Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHRA) Bali, Bali agency Organic Association (BOA), and a number of social observers reject the reclamation project.

"We assessed the Governor of Bali in a hurry to give permission to PT TWBI principle. Moreover, it has a series of reclamation modern tourist development, "said Chairman of the BOA, Ni Luh Kartini.

Rejection also emerged because it feared the reclamation development in Bali is only concentrated in the southern region.

In Jakarta, PT Director Lukman ensure TWBI Hendi, reclamation was not to destroy the environment, but to save the environment. Reclamation is done after all the formalities are approved. Studies of Udayana University was not yet fully completed.

Pastika said, permission was granted to PT TWBI because there is no guarantee reclamation does not damage the environment and disrupt the indigenous communities.

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