This is property news from Bali, Nusa Dua Property Chaos. thejakartapost.com - The view from the sacred temple, Pura Geger, in Nusa Dua to the Mulia Hotel project that has taken up 30 hectares of land adjacent to the temple. There will be approximately 600 rooms and 100 villas on the site.
Most evident is the case of Nusa Dua, where construction of the Mulia Hotel project leads the charge with a 30 hectare, 600 room and 100 villa resort hotel barely more than 100 meters from Pura Geger, one of the most sacred temples in the area. Not far from the Mulia other hotels too are going up, among them a hotel being built by the Tata group, which has carved into the cliffside and started building a multistory block.
Bali government’s once famous building edict that forbade buildings higher than a coconut tree has long been washed down the river. The decentralization program that shifted power from the provincial governments of Indonesia down to the regents has created havoc in many sectors, but none so evident and disruptive as in the tourism development sector in Bali. Environmental and social impact studies seem almost nonexistent as more and more projects encroach on the Balinese geophysical and cultural environment.
On the other side of the equation, migrant construction workers from Java, who rightfully exercise their rights to earn an income, are forced to live in ghettos or temporary shantytowns with little regard for hygiene or health. For example, in one dormitory shantytown more than 60 workers share just three bathrooms-cum-toilets.
Most spend three months on site and two weeks at home, and on average by skimping and living on the bare minimum they can save up to Rp 1 million (US$108) a month. Most, however, don’t reach that figure, and some of the younger workers can even end up in debt.
Ghetto: Migrant workers from Madura in the shack provided for them by their employers in Nusa Dua, Bali, where they sleep packed like sardines. They work in three month shifts, taking two weeks off to go home. Thoughemployed only on a daily worker basis without any long-term contract, migrant workers continue to flock to Bali. From a social point of view, their standing is not so clear either. Hardly mixing with local Balinese, they are constantly subject to harassment and inspection of their papers in nighttime raids carried out by traditional pecalang security forces together with the local police.
Though crammed together in rooms where each person is basically allocated just enough space to lie down, they tend to group together along ethnic lines. For example, Madurese share a room or even a whole floor, while East Javanese remain separate and Central Javanese as well.
Meanwhile, Bali’s carrying capacity is overtaxed, infrastructure is failing, social tensions are rising, and yet more investment keeps pouring into big projects such as these.
This article was taken from : Nusa Dua Property Chaos : http://www.thejakartapost.com/bali-daily/2012-05-28/nusa-dua-s-construction-chaos.html