Ahead of the MotoGP in Indonesia Lombok’s infrastructure upgrade for the next 2 years has been approved by Joko Widodo

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President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) visited Lombok again on Friday, 22 March 2019 and during a meeting with NTB Governor Zulkieflimansyah promised a range of important infrastructure developments over the next two years.

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The four main areas of improvement include building an international standard hospital in South Lombok, upgrading the existing, port facilities at Lembar. construction of a bypass road from Lombok International Airport (LIA) to Kuta and extension of the runway at Lombok International Airport.

These developments have been given priority as they are needed to support the planned MotoGP circuit to be constructed at Mandalika in preparation for hosting MotoGP 2021 in Lombok
“All the work is from the port, the LIA bypass route to Kum, and the airport runway extension. I have ordered the Minister of Public Works and the Minister of Transportation to do it, starting this year and God willing next year,” Jokowi told reporters during his visit.

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The Provincial Government (Pemprov) of NTB will build a special hospital in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone in South Lombok to welcome the MotoGP 2021 event
“We will build a special type B hospital for trauma centres,” said Head of the NTB Provincial Health Office, Dr Nurhandini Eh Dewi. “For funds, we are not limited to what we need. But we are currently assessing, including land acquisition,” he explained. Land needed for the construction of the hospital is around 3-5 hectares. The hospital will not only be used for the MotoGP event but will be utilised by the community in accordance with the development of the Mandalilka region.

He explained that all costs needed for the construction of the hospital were allocated through the Special Allocation Fund (DAK) of the Indonesian Ministry of Health in 2020.
Governor Zul further explained that facilities at Lombok’s main port, Lembar Harbour, would be upgraded so that shipping access ahead of MotoGP 2021 is faster and more efficient
Improving access to Lombok includes extending the runway at Lombok International Airport to accommodate more large-bodied aircraft, necessary for transporting equipment for the event and the thousands of spectators Art will be flying into the island for MotoGP 2021.

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