Land in Russei Keo District Set for Development

The Phnom Penh Municipality has ordered local authorities and re­­s­­idents living along National Road 6A in Russei Keo district to cease all land transactions and con­struc­tion so the land can be used for a satellite city, officials said Sun­day.

The government needs 387 hec­tares along the side of the road to give to the Malaysian company Sun­way, which plans to conduct ma­jor urban development there, of­ficials said.

The development, which would af­fect Chroy Changva, Prek Liep and Prek Tasek communes, will dis­place residents, Phnom Penh Gov­ernor Kep Chuktema said.

He did not say when they might be moved.

A notice signed by Kep Chuk­tema on Friday stated that lo­cal au­thor­ities whose residents wish to con­­tinue development or con­struction projects “must get ap­proval from the municipality first be­fore signing documents for selling, buying, transferring land title-hol­ders or building new construction.”

Kep Chuktema said by telephone that the notice is intended to in­­form residents to stop filling, selling, buying and constructing anything in the area.

Deputy Municipal Governor Chhun Sirun said more than 50 hec­tares of land have been re­served for relocating residents who cannot find new places to live. The 50 hectares are also located in Russei Keo, he said. A committee will visit residents door-to-door to list the families that are unable to move, he said.  But, he added, “Development is still the plan.”

Mith Samnag, a Chroy Changva com­mune clerk, said the development would affect more than 500 homes in his commune’s Doem Kor and Kien Khlaing villages.

“I am not aware of the notice but we’d heard that development will take place very soon in our area,” he said. “We have not conducted a study to see how many families will be affected or ordered to move.”

Mith Samnag said residents in Chroy Changva commune were not yet aware of the municipality’s notice.


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