2014-04-15: BTDC starts developing Mandalika as new site

BTDC starts developing Mandalika as new site

After sluggish progress since its inauguration in October 2011, the project to develop Mandalika in South Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), as a tourism area has finally been started by PT Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC).

BTDC head of development division, Untung Darmagunadi, said Monday that the company had commenced the project by building infrastructure in the area where the luxury resort would be built.

“We started building the road in the area in December last year. The construction of a 27.3-kilometer road from the Kuta area on the western side as far as Gerupuk on the eastern side will be completed in three phases,” he explained to The Jakarta Post.

Simultaneously, the company has also started to install utilities, including electricity, water and a telecommunications network, in cooperation with other state-owned companies.

As part of the environmental conservation efforts, the lush green hills that provide the stunning backdrop to the Mandalika Resort area will be set aside as a conservation area of over 3,000 hectares. This area is home to many native species and will only be available for low impact activities, such as cycling or hiking, in order to minimize damage to the endemic flora and fauna.

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