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Walhi opposes cable car plan around Mt. Rinjani

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Tue, January 28 2020   /  01:10 am

The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is opposing the administration's plan to construct a cable car facility around Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island. NTB Governor Zulkieflimansyah has reiterated on several occasions that the plan was in place, saying that the cable car would be located at the climbers’ entrance gate in Aik Berik village, Central Lombok. The project, scheduled to begin in May, is expected to finish before the first MotoGP race on the island in 2021. “The cable car is for visitors who want to enjoy the beauty of Mt. Rinjani, so people who come to Lombok will be able to see the mountain’s scenery aside from watching the MotoGP race,” said NTB Environment and Forestry Agency head Madani Mukarom. Environmentalists do not welcome the plan. Walhi NTB executive director Murdani said the project would potentially damage the environmen...