City Orders Construction Shops To Relocate

Phnom Penh Municipality has ordered the relocation of all construction material shops situated along the city’s main roads in a so-called bid to ease traffic jams, officials said Wednesday.

The first shops to be targeted will be those along Russian Boul­evard and Mao Tse Tung Boule­vard, said Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuk­tema, adding that jams are caused when the materials are loaded and un­loaded into vehicles outside the shops.

“I have my own strategy to take act­­ion to eliminate warehouses from the main street but I do not want to use armed forces. I want to talk to them to solve the matter peacefully,” he said.

The shop owners were told to move in 2005 but ignored the di­rective, he said, adding that Rus­sian and Mao Tse Tung boulevards are being targeted because they need to look good and to have easy access for diplomats who drive down them.

“Those places are okay for warehouses for the last 10 years but right now they have to move,” he said.

Lou Yuy, Chamkar Mon district governor, said he will organize a meeting for the shop owners in the district next week, where they will be educated about storing con­struc­tion materials on their premises, and asked to relocate to the outskirts of the city.

“We understand their business but we need to take care of our road,” he said.

Chep Seng, the owner of Chep Seng construction material shop on Mao Tse Tung, said 90 percent of people in the trade run their businesses from their homes.

He added that the move will hurt small businesses as it will force them to rent out additional premises.



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