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Families petition City Hall over road project

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About 30 people representing 10 families who are concerned about a road construction project have petitioned the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration for a solution on November 16. YOUSOS APDOULRASHIM

Families petition City Hall over road project

About 30 people representing 10 families who are concerned about a road construction project have petitioned the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration for a solution.

Officials said there will be a meeting next week to discuss their grievance over the Samdech Hun Neang Road project – also known as 30m Road.

The representatives of the families from Prek Ta Kong 1 community in Chak Angre Leu commune’s Prek Ta Kong 1 village of Meanchey district submitted their petition to governor Khuong Sreng on November 16.

Kong Sithon, one of the residents, confirmed to The Post that they have lived on the land for many years and have a land title receipt approved by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

"We all support urban development and are willing to contribute to beautifying the city, but we also need housing in this area to ensure a decent livelihood through our [small] business here,” Sithon said.

Another resident, Vaing Samnap, said that when authorities announced the project – which would link Hun Sen Blvd, also known as 60m Road, to street 371 – people feared it would negatively impact their lives.

She added that because residents were concerned, they decided to go to the municipal hall to request other plots of land near the project and compensation in return for their relocation.

"This project would affect all our land, so we ask for land near the 30m Road project if it really goes ahead. But, if the project does not materialise, then we request a legal title for our land,” she said.

Municipal hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey told The Post that the municipality had received the petition and will convene a meeting next week to review the request, and a decision will be announced after the meeting.

"We have not yet reviewed the impact assessment plan, so please wait until we have a meeting to resolve this issue. Then we will make a decision on what to do. We will provide summary information after the meeting,” he said.

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