Capital’s Largest Lake to Lose Over 500 Hectares to State, Private Sector

More than 500 hectares, or about 16 percent, of Boeng Tamok, a natural lake in the northwest of Phnom Penh that is key for flood protection, is slated to be filled in and siphoned off to state institutions and private developers, government documents show.

Almost 300 hectares of reclaimed land from the lake are set to be handed over to the Defense Ministry to build a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces long-term strategic command base, according to a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and dated June 22.

The decision was made based on a request from Land Management Minister Chea Sophara. Both he and ministry spokesman Seng Lout could not be reached for comment earlier this week.

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