Officials Cut Power Lines For Being Too Messy

Two years after wiring guidelines were first issued in Siem Reap City, disorderly electricity and service cables were cut down over the past week in an attempt to beautify the tourist hub, while also affecting some residents’ and businesses’ services, according to an official.

In November 2014, the provincial department of telecommunications disseminated guidelines for proper wiring to service providers, said Sum Sim, the department’s bureau chief.

“We have informed them several times to put their wires underground in place of those that cross above roads and to make technical and proper plans for the ones that stretch along the roads,” he said.

Last month, the department announced plans to remove cables that did not abide by the rules, and it was only at this point, he said, that companies like mobile operator Smart and Angkor Net & Web took action.

Still, Mr. Sim said, officials had been forced to cut other companies’ unruly internet, television, telephone and electricity cables along main roads, including some leading to Angkor Archaeological Park, temporarily disconnecting some services.

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