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Experts urge authorities to take action on extending city’s road’s

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Traffic in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Heng Chivoan/Phnom Penh Post

Real estate experts are expressing concern and have requested that Phnom Penh authorities widen the city’s roads to avoid traffic jams, as the two million-strong population is causing increasing congestion in the capital.

Deth Channa, managing director of VMC Real Estate Co Ltd, told Post Property that municipal authorities should come up with a master plan for better roads within the city to avoid traffic problems in the future as the population increases.

The city’s smaller roads are looking more likely to cause problems in the future, he says. He added that the authorities should build bigger roads, and four-lane highways.

“I am very much concerned at this point, because urban roads are not constructed to consistent standards. Road are too small.”

Sung Bonna, chairman of the Bonna Realty Group agreed with Channa. “We think these roads will be a problem in the future if we look Phnom Penh’s size and increasing amount people, and if the government doesn’t focus on extending the roads,” he said.

He said that the problems are not too bad now but are likely to become so in the future. “The authorities should have a master plan before undertaking developments.”

He continued “the municipal authorities should, I think, limit the size of road upwards before allowing any residential developments. It is not a sensible solution to have a problem and then to compensate for it afterwards. This is a cost to the public purse.”

Bonna went on: The authorities should accurately work out the likely traffic flow and set the size of the roads at the beginning.”

Long Dimanche, a spokesman for city hall, said the city had master plans, worked out in coordination with an expert from France, but the government had not yet approved them, because the documents are with the council of ministers.

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