Bali finalizes plans

Ni Komang Erviani THE JAKARTA POST ,  DENPASAR   |  Sat, 01/17/2009 5:27 PM  |  Bali

The Bali provincial administration plans to install 1,000 CCTVs over the next five years to increase security on the island.

Head of the Bali Nationhood, Political and Community Protection Office, Made Denayasa, said Thursday his office would begin installing the CCTVs in the island’s main gateways such as the Gilimanuk ferry crossing and Benoa Port.

Gilimanuk ferry crossing, at the western tip of the island, is the main entry point for migrant workers from Java. Benoa Port, which is used for fishing and trade, lies in southern Denpasar.

He said the CCTVs would also be installed in the island’s traditional fishing ports such as Pengambengan in Jembrana and Kedonganan in Badung. “In Bali there are many traditional ports that do not yet have proper security supervision and are prone to infiltration,” Denayasa said.

He said more CCTVs would be installed in strategic areas that are popular with tourists, such as Kuta and Seminyak, to prevent any security problems including the smuggling of bomb-making materials.

The island’s coastal areas, which host a large number of traditional ports, have been identified by the intelligence authorities as Bali’s main weakness in preventing terrorism.

He said the installment of CCTVs was part of the Bali administration’s efforts to create a security system that adheres to international standards.

This security system, which is scheduled to launch in August, will cost Rp 16 billion (US$1.45 million).

he Bali Police have installed 28 CCTVs throughout Bali, including Sanur, Ngurah Rai International Airport and the Gilimanuk ferry crossing.

“The CCTVs that have been installed are limited in number and are low-tech compared to international standards, therefore the present security system has not reached its potential yet,” Denayasa said.

Bali Police Operation Division chief Sr. Comr. Satriya Hari said the police had requested an additional 72 CCTVs from the Bali administration.

“It is extremely important to have more CCTVs to monitor floods and traffic,” he said Thursday.

“On last Saturday’s flood, all we could monitor was Jl. Legian.”

Flash floods inundated roads and homes on Jl. Legian in Seminyak and Kuta, while several houses in Denpasar had to be evacuated after floodwater, of up to a meter in height, entered homes in Sidakarya.

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