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Firm told to rebuild canal wall

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The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has ordered a firm to rebuild a 200m section of wall at the Boeung Trabek canal in Chamkarmon district after it was found to be tilting, causing safety and technical concerns. Hong Menea

Firm told to rebuild canal wall

Phnom Penh municipal authorities have ordered construction company Ly Brothers Limited to rebuild a 200m section of wall at the Boeung Trabek canal in Chamkarmon district’s Phsar Doeum Thkov commune after it was found to be tilting, causing safety and technical concerns.

Phnom Penh Municipal Hall spokesman Meth Meas Pheakdey said on Monday that the construction company needs to study the wall’s technical specifications to ensure it follows the standards agreed upon before construction.

“We require the company to rebuild the entire tilted wall to ensure that there are proper standards and techniques. I have not yet received any details about the cost,” Meas Pheakdey said.

He said the concrete wall is not in danger of collapsing, but it is leaning and has shifted from its original place. Currently, there are no risk of injury or safety posed to workers or nearby residents, he said.

District governor Theng Sothol said on Monday that municipal officials ordered the company to drill into the ground to check the quality of the land properly before rebuilding the wall to avoid any further tilts or a collapse.

He said after receiving news that the wall was tilted on July 14, he and Sam Piseth, the Phnom Penh Public Works and Transport Department director, immediately inspected the project.

“I think maybe the company built it wrongly, causing it to tilt during construction. The wall is not yet fully completed,” Sothol said.

Piseth refused to comment on the case and referred The Post to Meas Pheakdey.

Ly Brothers Limited’s chief of staff Sek Sreng said on Monday that the Boeung Trabek canal has minor technical problems but the company is preparing to test the soil and rebuild the wall.

The finished wall will be 1.7km-long on both sides of the canal. Sreng said authorities are still working with citizens to permit the construction to continue.

“This construction causes some problems for citizens, but we have solutions for them. Some citizens cooperated with authorities, while some asked for compensation, Sreng said.

“It therefore requires more time. My company only has to construct it. If the authorities only solve the problems in some places, we will have to follow them. If authorities can solve [the issues] speedily, we can construct quickly,” Sreng said.

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