Jakarta. Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has called for the acceleration of an expansion of Bali's Benoa Harbor, saying that it was in the state's interest.
Luhut also called on the regional administration, including members of the Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) to assist in the process.
"I hope that in the near future, the project will continue as there are no problems with permits, including the availability of an environmental impact assessment," Luhut said during a work visit to the island on Friday (30/12).
The minster said the administrative and permit requirements for the expansion have been fulfilled, and that he expected officials to speed up the issuance of the permit.
"All these developments are for our benefit, as there are no more reasons to delay processing of the permits. In terms of the administration, everything has gone through the process and all [requirements] have been met," he said.
Luhut added that he was ready to meet with officials to start the expansion project early in January, in keeping with the planned completion target.
"All developments are part of the government's program and the maritime sector will see several harbors being improved," he said.
The minister was accompanied by several officials, including Denpasar regional secretary Anak Agung Rai Iswara and Denpasar Transportation Agency chief Gede Astika.