Villagers Ask for Road Works Before Rainy Season

More than 30 villagers from Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tompun commune gathered at City Hall on Thursday morning to request the extension and elevation of a 500-meter road that extends into the village wetlands.

The villagers are asking that the road be extended by 800 meters and raised two to three meters before the rainy season cuts the road off to more than 100 families.

Land reclamation projects in Boeng Tompun have made travel around the area more difficult, raising water levels and forcing villagers to commute by boat during the rainy season.

“We need City Hall to build this road for us because my two children almost drowned,” said Chan Sreyoun, 26.

“I hope this year we won’t have to use the boat to commute anymore.”

After an hour of protesting, City Hall spokesperson Long Dimanche addressed the protest Thursday.

“We have received the request from the people and will send it to the governor to decide and discuss this issue,” he said.

Meanchey district Governor Kuoch Chamroeun said he has no plans to extend the road.

“What is finished is all that we can do,” he said.

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