A Phnom Penh-based developer has started work on restoring the road connecting Pailin with the Thai border, according to government officials.
MSP Development Co began work on the $2.5 million project last Thursday after a ceremony presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and co-Minister of Interior Sar Kheng, said Sok Phal, information bureau chief for the Interior Ministry.
“The new road will serve Thai-Cambodian traders who cross the border on a daily basis,” Sok Phal said. Traders are allowed to exchange goods across the border but must return to their own countries within a day.
The 14-month project calls for paving a 22 km stretch of the road and renovating a 90-meter-long bridge, Sok Phal said.
Pailin Police Chief Chea Chan Din said Monday the project is a cooperative effort between Pailin authorities and the road-construction company, and that users of the road would not be charged.
Also, Khmer-language newspaper Rasmei Kampuchea (Light of Cambodia) said MSP plans to build an international-class hotel, commercial center and duty-free shopping center in Pailin.
Company officials couldn’t be reached for comment.