Bali Province plans to change name of Bali Mandara Toll Road to honor I Gusti Ngurah Rai

The Bali Mandara Toll Road. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Bali Province government has plans to change the name of Bali’s Mandara Toll Road to the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Toll.

A national hero in Indonesia, Balinese military leader I Gusti Ngurah Rai commanded resistance forces against the Dutch and is the namesake of the island’s airport. You can also find him on Indonesia’s IDR50k note.

State-owned toll operator PT Jasa Marga Bali Toll (JBT) confirmed the toll road naming news on Monday night.

“Yes, we received a copy of the letter from the Bali Province government,” JBT corporate secretary Drajad Hari Suseno told Detik.

Drajad says his office is not authorized to make changes to the name of the toll road because that sort of thing has to come from an order as high up as the Minister of Public Works.

“The name of the Bali Mandara Toll Road was determined based on Ministry of Public Works Decree no. 538/KPTS/M2014 dated October 8, 2014. The renaming of the toll road is fully under the authority of the PUPR Minister,” Drajad said.

While Drajad says Bali Province has given JBT notice of the change, he claims to still be waiting on a direct command from PUPR, so it’s unclear when exactly the name-change would take place.

The first toll road in Bali, the Mandara Toll Road runs eight kilometers, mostly over the sea, connecting Nusa Dua, South Denpasar, and the airport.

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