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Local newswires, including Antara News and Tempo are running stories around the construction of a 115-metre tall telecommunications tower in the regency of Buleleng, North Bali.

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster laid the first stone for the construction of a 115-meter telecommunication tower called Turyapada Tower KBS 6.0 Kerthi Bali in Buleleng district last Saturday.

“The Turyapada Tower KBS 6.0 Kerthi Bali will have a height of 115-meters, (and will be) built at an altitude of 1,521-meters from sea level, bringing the total height of the tower to 1,636-meters,” Koster proclaimed in Amerta Sari Customary Village, Sukasada sub-district, Buleleng.

The top part of Turyapada Tower will serve as a transmitter for digital TV broadcasts, cellular telecommunications, Internet, and local radio communications.

The tower’s body is aimed at being a tourist attraction, containing a planetarium, skywalk, rotating restaurant, and glass bridge, while the tower’s pedestal will support conventional tourism by housing an educational laboratory and a museum of communications, which will display technology from each era of civilization.

Koster said that the tower, which is being built with a budget of IDR 418-billion, will not be inferior to world-famous towers such as Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower, Toronto Tower (CN Tower), Macau Tower, and Fernsehturm Tower.

“Turyapada Tower is (located) in the hills (surrounded by) villages, different to other towers, which are in the city center,” Koster said.

The tower is targeted to be able to stand for at least 500-years and withstand winds and earthquakes, he informed.

Turyapada Tower was initiated by Governor Koster as a political promise to the people of Buleleng, who often face limited television broadcast coverage.

Koster said he, therefore, decided to build the tower in the integrated Bali Smarts Communication Technology Park.

Turyapada Tower will support digital TV broadcasts in 80-percent of the Buleleng, Jembrana, and Karangasem areas.

The tower is being constructed by PT Hutama Karya with PT Yodya Karya, and is targeted to reach its final stage in August 2023.

 

Sources: Antara News, Tempo

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