Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Change airport plans: villagers

Change airport plans: villagers

Change airport plans: villagers

Familes living near Phnom Penh’s airport yesterday again called on civil aviation officials to drop an expansion plan that would cut into their property.

Following a press conference in Por Sen Chey district’s Choam Chao commune, community leader Kao Sovann said members of 63 families will submit a petition to aviation representatives, asking them to revise the “buffer zone” that would surround the airport. “It will affect property behind our houses,” Sovann said. “Some people will have no land left at all.”

Residents of Chom Chao’s Trapaing Lvea village found out about the expansion from civil aviation employees in February, Sovann said.

The plan would also affect property and force evictions in other Choam Chao villages.

About 500 families live in the area, some of which have been there since 1979. Airport authorities marked dozens of homes in Chrey Chisark village with spray paint last month, indicating that they would be torn down.

The renovation is necessary to bring Phnom Penh International Airport up to safety standards, said Soy Sokhan, undersecretary at the aviation secretariat. The project will create necessary “security and safety zones”.

“We have to improve the airport in accordance with [international] standards,” said Sokhan, who insisted proper payments will be made to villagers who lose land. “We will pay an amount acceptable to villagers and will not pressure them.”


  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • American ‘fugitive’ arrested in Cambodia outside of US Embassy

    An American citizen was arrested on request by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, according to Cambodian police. Major General Uk Hei Sela, chief of investigations at the Department of Immigration, identified the man as American Jan Sterling Hagen, and said he was

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which