City Hall Plans New Dumpsite, Extended Riverside

City Hall is digging a new eight-hectare landfill near Prey Sar prison as the city’s current dumpsite, which receives about 1,500 tons of garbage a day, is set be filled to capacity by December, according to local officials.

“Now we are digging a new dumpsite about 600 meters from the old dumpsite, which will be full in December, so we are preparing for 2015,” said Ngou Chamroeun, director of the Dangkao district garbage management office.

Mr. Chamroeun said that the new landfill will be used for the next five years, but added that there were no plans to deal with the acrid smell in the area surrounding the site.

“We will disperse the smell if we have a system to disperse it well, but we don’t have [a system] because there are no investors and City Hall cannot do it by itself because the budget is not enough,” he said.

During a ceremony beginning construction on a new road to Prey Sar prison on Thursday, Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong lamented the rotten scent that permeates the area, and suggested that trees be planted around the landfill to suppress the odor.

He also took the opportunity to criticize Cintri, the city’s sole waste collection company, which has repeatedly felt the wrath of Mr. Socheatvong for its failure to keep the city’s streets clean.

“I really regret that the Cintri company doesn’t seem to sufficiently cooperate with City Hall on the problem of collecting trash and they make people disappointed in their slow work,” he said.

On its website, the municipality also announced plans to create a more than 4,000 meter walkway from the existing riverside plaza south along the riverbank to Monivong Bridge.

The first phase will see a 950-meter walkway built from Chaktomok conference hall to the Koh Pich bridge, according to City Hall. The second phase will stretch 3,200 meters from Koh Pich bridge to Monivong bridge.

City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said he did not know how much the projects would cost, when they would be built or what companies would be involved in construction.

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