Representatives of villagers from the Boeung Kak lakeside claimed yesterday that Phnom Penh Municipal authorities were delaying negotiations over a proposal for on-site resettlement as part of a strategy to evict villagers.
Boeung Kak residents have been in talks with municipal authorities since an original proposal requesting that 15 hectares of the 133-hectare project be set aside for on-site relocation housing was rejected by municipal governor Kep Chuktema in April.
Tep Vanny, a representative of Boeung Kak villagers, said yesterday that one family had received two eviction notices on Wednesday, signed by a member of the Boeung Kak Development Committee, stating that “legal action will be taken” if they do not meet a seven-day eviction deadline.
“The City Hall has delayed a resolution [for villagers] to give base authorities and the company the opportunity to evict us,” she said, adding that residents would protest on Monday to urge City Hall to resolve the villagers’ request for on-site development.
Local developer Shukaku Inc was granted a 99-year lease to develop land around the Boeung Kak lakeside in 2007.
Hok Houlim, director of inspection at Phnom Penh Municipality declined to comment on the situation yesterday.