King Norodom Sihamoni has signed a Royal Decree allowing Phnom Penh to annex the area occupied by 20 communes in neighboring Kandal province. Signed Sept 20 and released by the government yesterday, the decree said the administrative boundary between Phnom Penh and Kandal should be reset.
According to the decree, from Kandal, Ponhea Leu district’s Prek Pnov, Samraong, and Ponhea Poan communes will become part of Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.
Ang Snuol district’s Poansaing, Snor, Euvlork, Boeng Thom, Kambol and Kantork communes and Kandal Stung district’s Kongnoy, Tien, Roluos, Spean Thma, and Prek Kampoes communes will be added to Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district.
Kien Svay district’s Veal Sbov, Prek Eng, Kbal Koh and Prek Thmei communes will join Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district and Mok Kampoul district’s Bak Kheng and Koh Dach communes will become part of Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district.
Lieutenant General Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, which has been charged with assisting with the implementation of Phnom Penh’s expansion, said yesterday he could not say when the changes would be finalized.
“We have to implement the work very soon,” he said.
Phnom Penh deputy governor Pa Socheatvong said the extension of Phnom Penh would benefit Cambodia but said City Hall would need time to officially transfer the 20 new communes into the city’s administration.
“We have the development principles in place already,” he said, adding that City Hall was planning on producing a study to assess the potential of the new space.