Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) – Bali has rejected the central government`s plan to build a geothermal power plant in Bedugul, Tabanan, due to a religious reason.
The province`s governor, I Made Mangku Pastika said here on Sunday he would stick to his decision to reject the development of the plant.
“I think it is a local wisdom that we must uphold and until now my response (towards the plan) is still no,” he said on the sidelines of inspection on the implementation of Bali Festival in Denpasar, the capital of the province.
Pastika said there are still other green sources such as water, solar energy and waves that could be exploited for it. “It may be more expensive but it also has a price,” he said.
The governor said the main reason for his decision is that because mountains, forests, beaches, lakes and estuaries are holy areas.