Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Banteay Meanchey calls for halt on new stupas



Banteay Meanchey calls for halt on new stupas

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Burial sites are shown near the foot of Phnom Svay mountain in Banteay Meanchey. national police

Banteay Meanchey calls for halt on new stupas

Provincial authorities in Banteay Meanchey on Thursday called an urgent meeting after villagers filed a complaint calling for a halt to the construction of graves and stupas in the provincial capital.

The complaint was made after the demarcation for burial facilities was extended at Phnom Svay in Serey Sophon town.

Banteay Meanchey deputy governor Ly Sary called on citizens to prevent the construction of such facilities at the foot of Phnom Svay mountain.

“We will not allow any more construction of graves. The Department of Cults and Religions must provide a complete database of stupas or graves in the province to prepare measures to address this issue immediately,” he said.

According to Sary, town residents requested that encroachment on the hill be stopped.

“This halt is enacted in order for us to take good care of the environment, improve the beauty of the mountain, save the greenery and minimise the construction of graves that affect the foot of the mountain since it’s a tourist destination,” Sary said.

He stressed that the provincial religions department must draft a letter to its national-level colleagues to announce the action. He called on the local department of mines and energy to oversee the issue.

Orth Oung Samphors, an affairs officer at the province’s department of religions, said on Thursday that there are monks and pagodas near the foot of the mountain.

“The ministry has already put up a public notice on the construction of stupas or graves in the Phnom Svay area.

“But cases like this still happen there because some Buddhist followers colluded with the pagoda’s chief monk.” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Phnom Penh underpass opens to ease traffic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a temporary opening of the 488m underpass at the Chaom Chao roundabout in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district, which was recently completed to connect traffic from National Road 4 to Russian Federation Blvd. The move is to reduce

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • ‘No chance Cambodia booted out of ASEAN’

    A group of former and current Cambodian diplomats on Tuesday fired back at retired Singaporean diplomat Bihalari Kausikan after he proposed that ASEAN dismiss Cambodia and Laos from the bloc. In an open letter, the Cambodian diplomats said Kausikan’s remarks were made from a

  • Woman seeks answers after arrest of American partner

    Filipina Lalaine de Guzman, 48, is demanding answers for the detention of her American partner by Cambodian immigration officers after he was arrested at their home almost 90 days ago. She said without an arrest warrant or proffering any criminal charges, Stephen Sidney Greatsinger, 56, is being detained

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital