Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Infrastructure must remain a priority



Infrastructure must remain a priority

Infrastructure must remain a priority

Dear Editor,

I was interested to read of the concerns raised by Kalai village residents over the impact of future developments on their community and that 20,000 hectares of land have, evidently, already been cleared by a Vietnamese company (“Minorities to consult NGO after failed bid to reach PM”, March 25).

Recently, on arriving in Banlung, I was rather surprised to find the unsealed and often narrow road that runs from O Pong Moan, suddenly widened into a four-lane boulevard. Although the road reduces in width on leaving the eastern boundary, the excellent surface is maintained right to the Vietnamese border.

Although the O Pong Moan to Banlung section of National Route 78 is currently being upgraded, completion will not take place for several years. Had this section of the road been given priority, then the local economy, particularly of Stung Treng, would have been given a much-needed boost, and the numbers of tourists arriving from Phnom Penh would probably have already risen.

As one of the three areas in the regional “Development Triangle”, the northeast of Cambodia should have a fair share of whatever benefits accrue from increases in economic activity. These, hopefully will filter down to all sections of the community, including members of the local ethnic minorities such as those featured on the advertising hoarding over the new road. To achieve such an equitable distribution demands a sound road infrastructure. One would hope that there will be no slippage in completion of the upgrade and, if possible, the works are signed off ahead of schedule.

Michael Hansen
Phnom Penh

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • AstraZeneca jabs touch down in Phnom Penh airport

    The first shipment of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII vaccine which was provided through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was delivered to Phnom Penh International Airport on March 2. The rest of the COVAX provided vaccines will arrive in Cambodia at a later date.