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Road-expansion plan raises fears of land loss

AROUND 20 families in Chamkarmon district’s Tonle Bassac commune stand to lose land if a road-expansion project scheduled to commence today goes ahead, a resident representative said yesterday.

Muy Ny said that many residents living alongside Sothearos Boulevard in Village 9 had already ceded some of their land when the same section of road was widened by 5 metres in 2007.

“This road has been expanded twice, and the road expansion is ordered only for our side to move – why does the other side never move?” she said.
Uol So Panha, a representative of Lee Service Construction Cambodia, which received the contract for the project, said the road expansion was necessary to ease congestion.

“City Hall needs to expand a 60-metre length of the road by 3.5 metres in width after it was observed that the road in this area is too narrow and there are traffic jams almost every day,” he said.

However, he said that the residents’ concerns would be taken into consideration. “According to the City Hall statement [issued] on Friday, my company will start the road expansion [today], if there is no objection from the villagers,” he said.

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