SIEM REAP - This ancient city will be beautified - both the place and its people
- if governor Tuon Chay has his way.
The governor said he wanted to
improve roads, create parks and gardens and make people dress better, in order
to make Siem Reap town look nicer.
His plans included establishing a
three square kilometer park, with grass and rest benches, stretching from the
town to Angkor Wat.
He said he would use civil servants and ordinary
citizens to do the work, which would keep them out of trouble as well as
improving the town.
"Firstly we can stop civil servants from wasting
their time drinking, gambling and flirting with girls. Secondly, we will have a
very good recreation site for people to relax on."
included laying tarmac on the 21km of road around Angkor Wat and on the way to
Banteay Srei temple.
The road from the airport to the provincial capital
would also be upgraded, and "we will ask the people living along the way to
plant aquatic trees on the existing ponds in front of their houses".
garden area would be constructed along Siem Reap river, leading from the Tonle
Sap lake to the north of the town.
Tuon Chay said he expected the
projects to use a lot of labor but not cost too much money.
was also planning an education program to get the people of Siem Reap to be
better-washed and dressed.
The first step would be to make his officials
dress well permanently, he said, which would impress other people. When others
saw this fine example, they would follow suit.
Tuon Chay said he would
appeal for assistance from companies to help fund his ideas.